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Smith makes gubernatorial bid official

MORRISVILLE — Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith formally launched his bid for governor Wednesday, saying he wants to help towns and cities across the state realize the same type of revitalization that his hometown of Morrisville has seen in recent years. Speaking behind the former Arthur’s Department Store in downtown Morrisville, and flanked by his wife, Dr. Melissa Volansky, his two young children and many members of the House Democratic caucus, Smith said he would look to help Vermont grow and renew itself as his hometown has done. “Today I asked you, my family, my friends and my colleagues, to gather here in the heart of Morrisville, in the heart of Vermont, to announce my candidacy for governor of the state of Vermont,” Smith said. “I’m running for governor because the success of towns like Morrisville will be a vital part of Vermont’s future. And because I want every Vermonter to have the opportunities and choices that I’ve had.”

Smith, 49, noted that his parents moved to Wolcott in the 1970s. Continue Reading →

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