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Sen. John Rodgers considering LG bid

MONTPELIER — Democratic Sen. John Rodgers is considering jumping into the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor to offer voters a moderate voice focused on affordability, energy and the state’s working landscape. The 50-year-old Glover resident who represents the Essex-Orleans Senate district, told the Vermont Press Bureau Thursday he plans to make his decision near the end of the legislative session. “I am still considering it,” Rodgers said. “I’m still on the fence for several reasons. It’s something I’m interested in and have sort of been interested in for some time.”

Rodgers would join Sen. David Zuckerman, D/P-Chittenden, Rep. Kesha Ram, D-Burlington, and Marlboro businessman Brandon Riker in a Democratic primary if he launches a campaign. Continue Reading →

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Zuckerman to run for lieutenant governor

MONTPELIER — Chittenden County Sen. David Zuckerman will enter the race for lieutenant governor and seek the Democratic Party’s nomination. “I am planning to enter the race,” the Progressive-Democrat told the Vermont Press Bureau Tuesday. Zuckerman, 44, has served several terms in the Vermont Legislature as both a Progressive and a Democrat. However, Zuckerman said he will enter the Democratic Primary and seek the Progressive nomination through a write-in campaign. State law does not allow a candidate to formally enter the primary of more than one major party. Continue Reading →

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Graff considering lite gov bid

MONTPELIER — Garrett Graff, the recently departed editor of Politico Magazine, says he is contemplating a run for lieutenant governor as a Democrat as he and his wife settle back into a life in Vermont. Graff, a Vermont native, announced on Twitter last week that he was leaving the magazine in Washington, D.C., and returning to Vermont. But he was coy about what his future plans were. On Friday, the 34-year-old told the Vermont Press Bureau that he is considering running for lieutenant governor. “Lieutenant governor is certainly on the table,” he said. Continue Reading →

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Doctor running for lieutenant governor

MONTPELIER — Dr. Louis Meyers believes a political outsider can offer a fresh perspective to state government. The 60-year-old Williston resident and internist at Rutland Regional Medical Center is the fourth candidate to throw his hat into the political ring for the post of lieutenant governor in 2016. Running as an independent, Meyers — who has never held elected or appointed office before — is facing competition from Kesha Ram, a Democratic representative from Burlington, and Republican Randy Brock, a former state senator and state auditor. “I think that not having a formal background in politics is both an advantage and a disadvantage,” Meyers said Monday. “Someone who has been in the legislature, like Kesha Ram, or has been in government, like Randy Brock, has some institutional memory. Continue Reading →

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Ram launches bid for lieutenant governor

BURLINGTON — Kesha Ram is making a bid to be Vermont’s first millennial lieutenant governor. The 29-year-old Democratic representative faced a crowd of cheering supporters when she formally kicked off her campaign for the second-highest office in the state Monday night in downtown Burlington. “Eight years ago, so many of you began this journey with me,” Ram said, recalling the start of the Great Recession in 2007. “We were a generation in need of a voice in the Legislature.”

The California native and magna cum laude graduate of the University of Vermont with degrees in political science and natural resource planning has been a rising star in the state Democratic Party since first winning the Chittenden 6-4 district seat in the Vermont House at the age of 22. Now in the middle of her fourth term, she is the clerk of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. Continue Reading →

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Kesha Ram launches bid for lieutenant governor

MONTPELIER — Burlington Democratic Rep. Kesha Ram says she is running for lieutenant governor, creating a Democratic Party primary for the state’s number two office. Ram, 29, joins 28-year-old Brandon Riker in the race, creating a youthful primary. The two are looking to replace Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott who is vacating the position and running for governor in 2016 election. Ram has significantly more political experience in Vermont than Riker. She is in her fourth term representing the Chittenden 6-4 district in Burlington after winning her first term at the age of 22. Continue Reading →

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