The most hotly contested statewide election in Vermont this year is the race for lieutenant governor. Among four strong Democratic candidates, I am proudly endorsing Sen. Debbie Ingram for lieutenant governor. Debbie has the skills, temperament and experience to most effectively do the job of lieutenant governor. She has put in the hard work of serving as an elected official at the local and state level with integrity and grace. As the executive director of Vermont Interfaith Action, Debbie has led a statewide organization that brings diverse people together to advocate for just public...
What makes Molly Gray such an appealing candidate for lieutenant governor is the freshness of her voice, her energetic enthusiasm, a determined drive and her unabashed love of the state. As a political novice but entrenched in the duties of upholding Vermont’s laws, she comes from outside the inner circles of the Legislature or any gubernatorial administration, and offers the hope and aspirations of those seeking positive change with new voices in the room.
“If we have the same people at the table, we get the same outcomes,” she said in an editorial board meeting with the Addison Independent...
As of Monday afternoon, almost 82,000 Vermont voters had already requested a mail ballot for the Aug. 11 primary election. With nearly a month to go until the primary, mail ballot turnout this year could well exceed the 119,000 who voted by mail and in person in Aug. 2016, the last time the governor was not running for re-election and there were competitive primaries in both the Democratic and Republican parties.
With both the Secretary of State’s Office and municipal clerks encouraging voters to request early ballots, a very high proportion of this year’s primary ballots are expected to be...
Having moved to Vermont from New York City a year ago, one of my favorite changes (from a long list) has been the more personal connection to my local community provided by the Addison County Independent and local government. I feel that my representatives in Montpelier, and the devoted citizens running my town both have a much better and more personal understanding of local needs than when I lived in New York. This feeling comes to me via the Front Porch Forum, the Saturday meetings at the library, town emails, and especially the Independent.
The recent articles examining each of the local...
Molly Gray is the candidate for Lieutenant Governor with the strongest personal and professional qualifications. She grew up on a Vermont farm, worked in Washington, D.C., in the office of Rep. Peter Welch, and has had a number of assignments internationally, working on humanitarian and human rights issues. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Molly got a law degree from Vermont Law School, did her clerkship in Vermont’s Second Circuit Court in Rutland, and now serves as an Assistant Attorney General in Chittenden County.
Molly’s platform calls for social, racial and economic justice, a...
BRISTOL — Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe has spent the past four years collecting and reviewing each of 30 state senators’ individual visions for the future of the state, and then coalescing them into legislative priorities he hopes can deliver better health care, more affordable housing and a more effective public education system.
Next year, Ashe, a 43-year-old Burlington Democrat, hopes to infuse more of his own ideas into how the state is run — as Vermont’s next lieutenant governor.
But Ashe will first have to prevail in two upcoming elections, as there are many takers for a...
ORWELL — Orwell voters will return to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to cast ballots on a reduced 2020–2021 K–12 spending plan for Slate Valley Unified Union District Schools (SVUUSD).
The SVUUSD board is expected to finalize a new budget number at its July 20 meeting. In the meantime, directors have scheduled a series of public meetings this Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m., in the SVUUSD-member communities of Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven. The Orwell meeting will be held on the town green and will be led by Glen Cousineau, Peter Stone and John Wurzbacher.
FERRISBURGH — After a discussion likely to play out around other selectboard and council tables around Vermont in the weeks to come, the Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday stopped short of requiring town residents to wear masks when they cast votes in upcoming August and November elections.
They did however say the town’s election materials would make it clear residents should wear masks to protect their health and the safety of the town’s paid and volunteer poll workers.
“We’ll strongly recommend masks in our announcements going forward,” said Board Chairwoman Jessica James at the conclusion...
We will be voting for Rebecca Holcombe in the Democratic primary for governor.
Rebecca is best known for her role as Vermont’s Secretary of Education, where she became intimately aware of the educational needs of communities all over Vermont and where she advocated for equitable access to education and childcare for all Vermonters. Her administrative experience in Vermont government sets her apart from the other Democratic candidates for governor. She also has experience as an outdoor educator, public school teacher, and school administrator.
Rebecca has committed to real affordability by...
Debbie Ingram is my choice for Lt. Governor of Vermont. During her four years in the Senate, Debbie has served on committees like Education, Health, and Welfare that deal with issues that are near and dear to my heart, including paid family leave, which Debbie supports. Debbie is committed to creating an economy that values the dignity of all people by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and initiating paid family and medical leave. Because Debbie has served in the Senate, she is familiar with the realities of getting that work done in Vermont.
Debbie’s commitment to the dignity of all ...