In light of COVID-19, social distancing and the upcoming primaries in August, and the General Election in November, Vermont’s Sec. of State James Condos has been mulling the possibility of expanding voting by mail for the past several weeks. To that end, the Legislature gave Sec. Condos the power to craft changes in election law to allow more voting by mail with the stipulation that any plan be approved by the governor. The Legislature most likely thought that was the simplest way to implement the changes. But in an unusual turn of events, Condos has run into bewildering opposition by Gov....

MOLLY GRAY ANNOUNCED her candidacy at a kickoff rally at Queen City Brewery in Burlington and launched her campaign with a full day tour from Bradford to Burlington on Feb. 27.
BURLINGTON — The global pandemic hasn’t changed the issues Molly Gray is running on in her campaign for lieutenant governor, just amplified them. Gray, 36, an assistant attorney general for the state of Vermont, announced her candidacy in February. She spoke with The Brandon Reporter earlier this month about those issues. Her platform has been focused on supporting rural communities and improving broadband internet access, supporting families and making Vermont a more affordable and attractive place to live for younger generations “If we’re going to keep people in Vermont, we have to identify...
With Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman running for governor, and several members of the Vermont Senate running to replace Zuckerman, there will be multiple open seats available this year for a new generation of Vermonters who want to serve the public in elected office.  Three candidates, all under the age of 40, are particularly worth a look in this year’s contested Democratic primaries, which will be held on Aug. 11. Molly Gray is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. She grew up in Newbury, Vt., and attended the University of Vermont, where she was also a cross-country...
ADDISON COUNTY — In Australian ballot voting on Tuesday, residents in three of the largest communities in Addison County elected a series of candidates to leader their respective municipalities. In Vergennes voters chose three members for the city council from among four candidates. Bristol residents elected one of two newcomers for their selectboard. Middlebury returned a veteran and introduced a rookie to its selectboard. In a four-way race for three seats on the city council, Vergennes residents chose Deputy Mayor Lynn Jackson Donnelly, Alderman David Austin and first-time Councilor Tara...
VERGENNES — On Town Meeting Day, when Addison Northwest School District voters go to the polls, they’ll have four school board seats to fill — one in Addison, two in Ferrisburgh and one in Vergennes. A fifth seat, in Panton, will be appointed by that town’s selectboard. Two ANWSD board incumbents have decided not to run. Addison representative George Lawrence and Ferrisburgh representative Laurie Gutowski told the Independent that they won’t seek another term on the board. At least three district residents will be running to fill their respective seats. Ferrisburgh resident Chris Kayhart has...
The next general election in Vermont will be just over a year away. While the presidential election will be one of the most high-intensity campaigns the nation and the state will have ever seen, there may not be many closely-contested races at the statewide level. For one thing, there will be no U.S. Senate campaign in Vermont in 2020. Sen. Patrick Leahy’s term runs until 2022, and Sen. Bernard Sanders’ until 2024.  The last presidential election year in which there was no U.S. Senate race in Vermont was 2008. In that year, Barack Obama defeated John McCain in Vermont by a popular vote margin...


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