The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to elect the next chief of the state's National Guard. Three of the candidates vying to become the next leader of the Vermont National Guard have decades of military service. The fourth isn't a guard member and is running to oppose the possibility the Air Force could send the F-35 fighter plane to Vermont.
The secret-ballot election in the Vermont Legislature is set for Thursday.
The candidates want to succeed Major General Thomas Drew, who became interim adjutant general last summer after his predecessor left Vermont. Drew chose not to seek re-election.
Air Guard Brigadier General Steven Cray of Essex Junction; Colonel Darryl Ducharme; retired Colonel Michael J. Bullock of Hinesburg; and James Marc Leas are all running for the position. Leas, who isn't a guard member, is running to oppose the possibility the Air Force could send the F-35 fighter plane to Burlington.
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