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VPR poll shows tied gubernatorial race

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MONTPELIER — Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter are locked in a tie race for governor with three weeks to go and 14 percent of voters undecided, according to a Vermont Public Radio poll conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute released Wednesday. According to the poll results, Scott, the incumbent lieutenant governor, has a 1 percentage point lead over Sue Minter, a former secretary of the Agency of Transportation — 39 percent to 38 percent. Liberty Union candidate Bill Lee, a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos, received 2 percent support. But 14 percent of the likely voters polled said they have yet to make up their mind. The poll of 650 likely voters has a 3.8 percent margin of error and includes live interviews from a mix of cell and land line phones. Continue Reading →

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Brock launches negative radio ads

Randy Brock

MONTPELIER — Randy Brock, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is going on the offensive against Democratic and Progressive nominee David Zuckerman in two new, negative radio ads he released Monday. Brock released two 60-second ads that Brock’s campaign says draws “sharp and important contrast between his record in public service and that of his opponent on the issues of judgment, character and integrity.”

In one ad, Brock recounts how Zuckerman collected mileage reimbursement as a lawmaker when he did not drive to the State House himself, among other accusations. “He’s billed the taxpayers for mileage he never drove. He’s introduced legislation for personal financial gain. He’s a strong supporter of laws that will expose our school children to dangerous diseases by discouraging vaccination. Continue Reading →

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Minter raises more than Scott but is being outspent


MONTPELIER — The Democratic nominee for governor out-raised her Republican opponent in the last few weeks, but was heavily outspent as the general election campaign began, according to financial disclosure reports filed by candidates and political groups Thursday. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sue Minter reported raising $102,000 in the 16 days since the last mandated reporting deadline on Aug. 15. She spent about $68,000 in the same time frame and now has about $85,000 cash-on-hand. Among Minter’s donors since winning the Democratic nominee are Jake and Donna Carpenter, of Burton Snowboards, who donated $2,700 each. Continue Reading →

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Candidates raise big bucks


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


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

Sen. David Zuckerman

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

Garrett Graff (courtesy photo)

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

Louis Meyers

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


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

Mark Snelling

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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