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What: Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates Forums in Addison and Bennington County
Who: Rights & Democracy to host Democratic candidates Matt Dunne, Sue Minter, Peter Galbraith, and Republican candidate Bruce Lisman
When: 10:30am-12noon, Saturday, April 9, 2016
Where: Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (2 Duane Court, Middlebury)
When: 3:30pm - 5:30pm, Saturday, April 9, 2016
Where: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant Street, Bennington, VT
Why: The next Governor of Vermont will make critical decisions that will shape the lives of our communities for decades. Our next governor could be the leader who will help grow a vibrant, stable, open Vermont for all families. Who are the people who want to take on this role? Where do they stand on the issues that will most affect our lives and families in Addison and Bennington Counties? We have invited all current candidates and have confirmations already from Matt Dunne, Bruce Lisman, Peter Galbraith, and Sue Minter.
"The candidate forum in Addison County is our opportunity to make a bold impression on our policy makers, set an example of the local political energy needed to shape Vermont, and influence the decisions directly affecting our community," says Amanda Sheppard, of West Bridport, Addison County.
"We're definitely going to have a new governor for 2017. Who are our choices? Coming to the forum is a great way to become an educated voter… bring your friends & neighbors, too," says Lee Russ of Bennington.
"As a working class student, I'm looking forward to hearing about how gubernatorial candidates will plan to make Vermont a more equitable state where everyone can thrive. I am disappointed that Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has declined Rights & Democracy’s invitation; Vermonters have a right to hear all candidates publicly debate the issues that matter most to them," says Dan Adamek, a sophomore at Middlebury College in Addison County.
“Thank you, Rights and Democracy, for giving Addison County a first look at the candidates running for the Vermont Governor's seat. It is a chance for the Addison communities to "raise up" their concerns in person, whether that’s minimum wage, climate change, access to health care, or state aid to education,” says Jill Charbonneau, a labor leader in Middlebury, Addison County.
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Rights and Democracy is a new statewide grassroots organization geared to bring people together to build healthy communities and make the values of our communities guide the policies of our government. We work in partnership with community groups, progressive unions, faith communities, organizations fighting for human and civil rights, and environmental and climate action groups.