Vermont Gubernatorial Campaign

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One of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor of Vermont kicked off his campaign with an event in Barre Tuesday.

Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Sue Minter, who has served in the Shumlin administration since 2011, is stepping down to run for governor. The Democrat is the latest to join a crowded field, announcing her candidacy in an email to supporters this morning. Governor Peter Shumlin says Deputy Secretary Chris Cole will lead the agency beginning at the end of the day Friday.


Vermont's Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock says Governor Peter Shumlin is avoiding debates before groups that could be hostile to some of his positions.

Brock made the comments Tuesday after Shumlin said he wouldn't be participating in any debates this campaign season sponsored by what he calls special interest groups.

But Shumlin said he was eager to take part in "five or six" debates sponsored by news organizations after he formally announces his candidacy next week. Shumlin says he has to balance the need to debate with his need to run the state.