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Candidates raise big bucks

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MONTPELIER — Candidates for Vermont’s top statewide offices have reported big fundraising hauls since March, led by Republican Bruce Lisman, a former Wall Street executive, who has contributed more than $1 million to his own campaign for governor. Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott reported Friday that he has raised $350,000 since the last reporting period on March 15. According to his campaign finance disclosure form filed with the secretary of state’s office Friday, Scott has spent about $250,000 in the past four months. Overall, Scott has raised about $860,000 and spent about $467,000. He has $370,000 cash on hand with less than a month to go before the Aug. Continue Reading →

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Story-Video-Podcast: Brock sees Vermont’s future in niche industries

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Podcast: Hear Randy Brock discuss the issues

MONTPELIER — Randy Brock believes the future of Vermont is bright if it can attract and nurture new niche business industries that provide revenue and ease the tax burden on residents. Brock, 72, a former Franklin County senator and state auditor, is seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. That should be easy — he faces no primary challenger. The real test for Brock will come in November when he faces one of three Democrats seeking their party’s nomination. The longtime Swanton resident has plenty of experience campaigning. Continue Reading →

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Zuckerman to run for lieutenant governor

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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

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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

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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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Kesha Ram launches bid for lieutenant governor

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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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Snelling bows out of race for lieutenant governor

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MONTPELIER — Republican Mark Snelling bowed out of the lieutenant governor’s race Monday after expressing his disappointment last week that fellow Republican Randy Brock had announced his own candidacy. Snelling, the son of former GOP Gov. Richard Snelling and Lt. Gov. Barbara Snelling, ran for lieutenant governor in 2010 but lost a primary race to Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. He announced his decision to pass on a 2016 bid in an email to fellow Republicans Monday. “Last week, Randy Brock announced that he was going to be a candidate for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor. Since that time, I have looked again at a possible candidacy and come to the conclusion that I will not run for Lt. Governor in 2016,” he wrote in his email. Continue Reading →

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Brock announces bid for lieutenant governor

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MONTPELIER — Republican Randy Brock, a former auditor and state senator, said Thursday he is running for lieutenant governor. Brock, the GOP’s 2012 nominee for governor, announced his bid in a statement Thursday afternoon. He had also been considering a run for a Franklin County Senate seat but said the position of lieutenant governor fits his skills. “The lieutenant governor’s job offers the flexibility and the platform to become a catalyst for critical thinking and innovative ideas about how to achieve Vermont’s long-term promise,” he said. “I want to raise issues, generate ideas and get people in business, government and individuals talking with each other – across party and ideological lines.”

The Swanton resident was elected state auditor in 2004 and served one term before he lost his re-election bid to Thomas Salmon following a recount. Continue Reading →

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Brock, Snelling plan meeting to discuss plans for lieutenant governor

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MONTPELIER — Republicans Randy Brock and Mark Snelling met Wednesday to discuss their mutual interest in running for lieutenant governor, but a decision on who will ultimately seek the office is not expected to be made for some time. Brock, a former state senator and auditor and the GOP’s 2012 nominee for governor, is interested in the post. Mark Snelling, who ran for lieutenant governor in 2010 but lost in a primary to Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, also has a desire to run. Snelling, the son of former Republican Gov. Richard Snelling and former Republican Lt. Gov. Barbara Snelling, said Wednesday’s meeting with Brock was held to discuss what is best for each of them, as well as the Vermont Republican Party. “We updated ourselves on where each of us are at and we said in the beginning that we weren’t going to come to any conclusions today and that we’re going to keep talking and that our expectation is that we’re going to hear more from people in the coming days who have an interest in the Republic nominations as well as people who have interest in the Democratic or Progressive nominations,” Snelling said following the afternoon summit. Continue Reading →

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Potential candidates for governor abound

MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s surprise announcement Monday that he will not seek re-election throws the 2016 gubernatorial election wide open — and several candidates on both sides of the aisle say they are interested. A potential surprise candidate emerged Monday when former Shumlin Chief of Staff Bill Lofy told the National Journal that Democratic Congressman Peter Welch “would be the prohibitive favorite” if he were to jump into the race. Welch has served as Vermont’s lone representative in the House since 2006, and has handily won re-election every two years. Welch Chief of Staff Bob Rogan said Monday that Welch will consider his options and has not ruled out a run for governor. “It’s likely Congressman Welch will seek re-election to Congress but this news comes as a surprise so he will be taking the time he needs to thoughtfully consider how he can best serve Vermonters,” Rogan said. Continue Reading →

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