Vermont Elections

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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The middle of 2015 shook up Vermont’s political field.  At the beginning of June incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin made the announcement not to seek re-election. That resulted in a stream of candidates stepping forward to seek not only Vermont’s highest office, but the state’s second seat.

Campaign for Vermont

Retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman on Monday formally began his campaign for the Republican nomination for Vermont governor in next year's election.

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When Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin decided not to run for re-election this past summer, a torrent of candidates stepped forward to seek that office — including the current lieutenant governor, Phil Scott, the only statewide elected Republican.  That means the state’s second highest office is also for the taking in 2016. A number of candidates are jumping in. Among the latest is Vermont House representative Kesha Ram, a Democrat from Burlington.  Ram tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that she has the ideological, administrative and legislative background for the position.

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
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Bill Sorrell is the longest serving Attorney General in Vermont history.  First appointed to the office by Governor Howard Dean, he was initially sworn in on May 1, 1997.  He has since won re-election every two years. But on September 28th,   Sorrell announced that he will not run again.  The Attorney General tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief  Pat Bradley why he decided to retire.

Matt Dunne for Vermont/Facebook

Google executive and former Vermont lawmaker Matt Dunne is running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016.

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.

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What will be a long and unusual campaign for governor of Vermont officially got under way today. Putting to rest weeks of rumors, state House Speaker Shap Smith announced this morning that he is a candidate for the state’s open governor’s seat in 2016.

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Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith is expected to announce next week that he's a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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.