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ADDISON COUNTY — The following is a series of thumbnail sketches of the gubernatorial candidates who will square off in Primary elections on Tuesday, Aug. 11.  Information was culled from the candidates’ websites, and/or other online media sources. Candidates are profiled here in alphabetical order. Since Vermonters can vote in only one party’s Primary, we separated the candidates by party. DEMOCRATS Ralph Corbo, Wallingford Democrat. Corbo is a former U.S. Postal worker and an activist. In addition to running for governor, he is also challenging U.S. Rep. Peter Welch in the Aug. 1 Democrat...

RON HOLMES
MIDDLEBURY — Ron Holmes has met a ton of people during a more-than-40-year career in law enforcement, security, paving and automotive repair. He’s a personable guy. Now Holmes, 65, hopes those decades of chance interactions will pay dividends in Tuesday’s primary elections, when he and fellow Middlebury Democrat Dave Silberman will vie for the chance to advance to the Nov. 3 General Election that will decide the county’s next high bailiff. The primary winner will face independent candidate Mike Elmore, a sergeant with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD). Few would have thought, at...
It’s normal to have several candidates vying for the two top offices in the state during every primary. But typically the two major party candidates are well known and the primary serves as a warm-up to the General Election.  For Democrats, this year is an exception. In the race for governor, Democratic candidate Rebecca Holcombe, a former Secretary of Education under Gov. Shumlin who also served during the first term under Republican Gov. Phil Scott, is running a competitive campaign against two-term Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman. She brings an expertise in education to the job, while also having...
David Zuckerman envisions a Vermont for All where everyone is an honored guest at the table. Women are secure in their right to choose and in their right to earn fair pay. People of Color lead us in facing and dealing with implicit bias. Native People show us how to understand that colonization hurts everyone. LGBTQIA means that love is love. People with Disabilities teach us what they need to become independent. New Americans are proud of and respected for their valued work and creative enterprises. If you share this vision, vote David Zuckerman for Governor. Marielle Blais Brandon
On your upcoming Democratic Primary Ballot, you will see a line for High Bailiff. I urge you to vote for David Silberman for this office. Here’s why. Unlike police officers, under Vermont law, the Sheriff answers to no one but the voters. But there can be a lot of time between elections. So, what happens if the Sheriff is confined, incapacitated, or violates the law? Answer: The High Bailiff steps in. The High Bailiff is the civilian oversight for the Sheriff. For that role, we need someone who is not already part of the Sheriff’s Office, looking to succeed the Sheriff. We need an external...
While all the candidates in the Lt. Governor’s race have made positive contributions to our public life, I will be supporting Brenda Siegel in the upcoming Democratic primary. In my mind, Brenda has shown her commitment through her life’s work and consistent advocacy for key policies that would achieve greater economic security, social justice and environmental sustainability for Vermonters. Brenda understands that even before our pandemic, it was not acceptable for almost 40% of Vermonters to be either uninsured or underinsured, struggling with out-of-pocket costs that deter them from...
MIDDLEBURY — Ten candidates are running for lieutenant governor this year. The following is a brief introduction to the names you will see on ballots in the Aug. 11 Primary Election.  Information was culled from the candidates’ websites, and/or other online media sources. Candidates are profiled here in alphabetical order. Since Vermonters can vote in only one party’s Primary, we separated the candidates by party. DEMOCRATIC PARTY Tim Ashe, Burlington Democrat. Ashe reached out to the Independent for a sit-down interview, and a story about his candidacy can be found at addisonindependent....
With 12 days still to go until Vermont’s Aug. 11 primary election, more voters have requested absentee ballots for the primary than voted both in person and by mail in the 2016 and 2018 primaries. More than 150,000 voters may end up requesting absentee ballots for the primary. I see three important questions about primary turnout. First, how many of the voters who have requested, or will request, absentee ballots will actually return them? Second, under Vermont’s open primary law, how many voters will choose to vote on each of the three party ballots that they will receive: Democratic,...
I strongly endorse your editorial of July 16. Molly Gray has the commitment, the integrity, the experience and the intellectual curiosity to justify making her our next lieutenant governor. As a farmer, food producer and Vermont agricultural advocate I am also impressed by Molly’s background and her understanding of the importance of Vermont agriculture to our economy, our consumers and our region. As well as recognizing the hard work that Vermont farmers are undertaking to reduce their water quality impacts and improve the rural environment. Molly will be the right person to have in the...
What does Vermont want from its Lieutenant Governor? We all know the Vermont’s Lt. Governor job is pretty easy. Presides over the Senate, only votes on ties, sits on the Committee for Committee, get $62k per year with benefits. Our past Lt. Governor, now Gov. Scott, gave us all a tutorial on how to lever that position into a bonanza of media exposure for his next political goal: Governor! So why do we have four very different candidates for that position? Tim Ashe is giving up his very powerful Senate Pro Tem position! Why? He was not very successful, even with a super majority, in getting a...

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