Gubernatorial Candidates Speak Out on Issues

by Doug McClure

HARDWICK – Candidates running in the Vermont primary election for governor have responded to questions or through their website to issues of concern in the Northeast Kingdom.

Incumbent Governor Phil Scott did not respond and has stated he does not intend to campaign as long the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing. On the Republican side, Governor Scott faces challengers in the August 11 primary. John Klar and Bernard Peters both have a campaign website. Only John Klar responded to the Gazette’s questions.

Three of the four Democratic primary candidates have campaign websites, and questions were posed through their website. David Zuckerman and Rebecca Holcombe responded. Pat Winburn did not respond.

The Progressive Party of Vermont has two candidates on the ballot, but the party has instead endorsed Zuckerman.

Questions posed were about the candidates’ reaction to Vermont’s COVID-19 response, including the re-opening of schools; challenges faced in the NEK, such as broadband, the opioid crisis, and crashing dairy price; and the statewide issue of young people leaving Vermont.