Polls close in Vermont for slate of primaries

Clay Curtis
August 15, 2018

Phil Scott is facing a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern.

"Working to ensure that Vermont remains the special, inclusive and progressive place that it has always been... is what motivates Christine to seek the honor and opportunity to serve the people of Vermont as its next governor", it says. "Yet Vermont voters chose Christine not because of her gender identity, but because she is an open and authentic candidate with a long history of service to the state, and who speaks to the issues most important to voters".

Scott said he expected the race to be closer than it was.

"That's how I want to be known in Vermont", Hallquist, 62, told The Associated Press about her platform.

'And no one agrees with their friends all the time, but as our success shows we can make a lot of good progress when we have clear priorities and we pull in the same direction, ' Scott said.

Hallquist greets supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vermont.

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Hallquist is running on her managerial abilities, and has promised to boost economic development in rural Vermont by expanding broadband access. "I went to bed, and of course like any other trauma I was in political depression and I just didn't know what to do".

"November 8, 2016, I realized the world changed", she said. 'We continue to demonstrate leadership in civil rights and how to honor and work with each other.

Hallquist transitioned while heading the Vermont Electricity Coop, several years before launching her gubernatorial bid. She also has pledged to support renewable energy in office. "Vermonters support increasing the minimum wage".

While Scott, a first-term governor, was popular during his first two years in office, his approval rating plummeted after he signed a bill tightening gun restrictions in April.

Hallquist defeated environmental activist James Ehlers; dance festival organizer Brenda Siegel; and 14-year-old student Ethan Sonneborn, on the ballot because a quirk in state law doesn't require candidates to be of voting age.

During her primary race, she received the backing of Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee founded by former Bernie Sanders campaign leaders, including The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur, which helped propel leftist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to her victory over longtime NY 14th Congressional District incumbent Joe Crowley earlier this summer.

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