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In June, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced he would not run for reelection in 2016, providing a rare opening for the state’s top seat.   A number of people are considering running for the position and several have announced their campaigns.  In August, Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith made his formal announcement.  This week, a Democratic primary shaped up as former state senator Matt Dunne emailed supporters that he too was running.  Dunne, a Google executive, has unsuccessfully run for statewide office twice before, including the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary.  He explains to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he’s running again.

Fourteen months before the election, candidates have begun to announce their plans to run for Vermont governor.  This week two candidates have thrown their hats into the ring.

Bernie 2016

Vermont U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to meet with supporters across the country tonight through a video link. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, boosters expect big crowds across our region.

Pat Bradley

Financial disclosures show that Bernie Sanders is at the low end of earners among candidates for president in 2016.

Riker for Vermont

Despite being new on Vermont’s political scene, 28-year-old Democrat Brandon Riker has already raised more than $100,000 for his campaign for lieutenant governor.  He began thinking about running for office in January when the Shumlin administration pulled back its universal health proposal and committed to the race in May.  Riker tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he decided to run for lieutenant governor because it’s an office with great potential.

Matt Dunne for Vermont/Facebook

Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday at Vermont’s Secretary of State’s office show two candidates aggressively fundraising in advance of the 2016 statewide elections — a campaign cycle that has started early with Governor Peter Shumlin declining to seek a fourth term.  One is Democrat Matt Dunne.  A former member of the Vermont House and Senate and a 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, he has raised more than $100,000.  While Dunne has yet to formally announce,  he tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he is gauging public support for a gubernatorial campaign.

Campaign finance reports were due at the Vermont Secretary of State’s office Wednesday. While many candidates have yet to gear up for the 2016 campaign — which features a rare open gubernatorial seat — there a few are aggressively fundraising for the state’s top offices.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermonters participated in an annual tradition Tuesday, discussing and voting on community issues on Town Meeting Day. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reviews some of the key results.

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It is Town Meeting Day in Vermont — when voters in communities across the state discuss and decide issues, budgets and pick community leaders.

Loyal Ploof

On Town Meeting Day Tuesday, Burlington voters will choose a new council and mayor in a newly redistricted city. Four people are running to lead Vermont’s Queen City. In the last segment of our series with the candidates, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley speaks with Libertarian candidate Loyal Ploof.