Campaign 2014

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Republicans Mark Donka, Don Russell and Donald Nolte are all vying for the chance to unseat Democrat Peter Welch in the US Congress in this fall’s elections. Vermont Edition heard from all three candidates in the first of VPR’s primary debates.

Don Russell and Donald Nolte are newcomers to Vermont politics; Mark Donka ran as the Republican nominee in 2012, losing to incumbent Peter Welch.

Vermont schools ranked third in the nation in an online list of the country's best and worst school systems this week. A community collaboration brings public art to a busy Londonderry intersection. The race for Lamoille County State's Attorney will likely be decided in this month's primary election.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Voters in the Republican gubernatorial primary later this month will see three names on the ballot. One candidate, however, is hoping voters bypass those options, and write-in a fourth. His name is Dan Feliciano.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Not sure what the deal is with the upcoming Vermont elections? 

Valley News Local News Editor John Gregg analyzes some of the key primary races in New Hampshire, including the Republican race to challenge incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Courtesy Dean Corren

The Vermont Democratic State committee will meet tomorrow to endorse a full slate of statewide candidates including Gov. Peter Shumlin, Congressman Peter Welch and Secretary of State Jim Condos.

The committee is also scheduled to hear from Progressive Lt. Governor candidate Dean Corren as part of his effort to officially win the Democratic nomination. Corren is eyeing this possibility because the only Democrat interested in this race, John Bauer, dropped out last month.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Pomfret businessman Scott Milne has formally entered the race to win the Republican nomination for governor.

Milne says his moderate approach on issues will be in sharp contrast to what he calls "the radical agenda" of incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin.  

On Wednesday, about 100 people crowded into the community room of the Aldrich Public Library in Barre to be part of Milne’s campaign kickoff. The group included many Republican lawmakers from central Vermont, as well as Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, and former governor Jim Douglas.

Two state representatives have launched a new political action committee that will try to play a decisive role in local House and Senate races this fall.

Stowe Republican Heidi Scheuermann and Middlebury Democrat Paul Ralston say their group, called Vision to Action Vermont, will lend financial support to the campaigns of candidates who vow to push for economic development initiatives in Montpelier.

Progressive Dean Corren has a hefty financial advantage over incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. In down-ticket races, incumbents face few challenges - but that doesn't mean they're not spending thousands to campaign.

Whatever disadvantages Progressive candidate Dean Corren has in challenging well-known Republican incumbent Phil Scott, money is not one of them. Of all statewide candidates outside the gubernatorial race, Corren – who is using public financing for his campaign – is the only one who has a six-figure campaign fund.

With $192,035 remaining of his $200,000 in public financing, Corren’s campaign account has a hefty lead over Scott’s $33,049. Scott, on the other hand, has far outspent Corren so far in the race – Scott has spent $27,998 to Corren’s $7,965.

Early voting is now open in Vermont. It means that for the next six weeks, Vermonters will be able to cast their ballots in the state’s primary election.

To do that, a registered voter simply needs to request a ballot from their town clerk either in person, by phone or by mail. It's estimated that as many as 20 percent of all voters will use the option this year.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

A former Democratic power broker from California famously said that “money is the mother’s milk of politics.” If the saying holds true, then Republican Scott Milne’s newborn gubernatorial campaign is going hungry.

The latest campaign finance filings show Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin increasing his financial advantage over his Republican challengers. And Milne, Shumlin’s best-known opponent, has managed to raise only about $20,000 since announcing his candidacy last month.

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne says the campaign finance filing due from him before 5 p.m. this evening will show he’s raised “a little north of $20,000” toward his effort to unseat Democratic incumbent Peter Shumlin.

Shumlin has yet to reveal how much he’s raised since March 15, the last time candidates for elected office had to disclose how much money they’d raised, and where it came from. But the last filing showed Shumlin sitting on a $1 million war chest, a sum to which he has no doubt added.

Scott Milne

A Republican candidate for governor used the beginning of the holiday weekend as occasion to disclose publicly some youthful indiscretions that he’s hoping will not become fodder for the upcoming political campaign.

In a press release sent to media outlets across Vermont, Scott Milne said that during an 18-month period in college 35 years ago, he was arrested twice for driving under the influence and once for possession of a small amount of marijuana and cocaine.

Scott Milne

The slate for the Republican gubernatorial primary wasn't complete until the filing deadline last Thursday. That was the day Pomfret businessman Scott Milne officially became a candidate for the position.

We talk with Milne about why he has decided to run for this position and his stance on single-payer health care, education finance and economic development in the state.

John Dillon / VPR

Money doesn’t always win elections. But it sure helps. And that’s bad news for Republicans in Vermont as they head onto the campaign trail this summer.

The Vermont Democratic Party has for years now enjoyed a financial advantage over its Republican counterpart. But recent campaign finance filings suggest the fiscal divide is deepening.

Dean Corren is a Progressive who's says his motivation to run for lieutenant governor is rooted in his support for single-payer, universal health care. He spoke with Vermont Edition about his campaign.

All this week Vermont Edition is  getting to know the major party challengers for governor and lieutenant governor.

By his own count, Peter Diamondstone has been a candidate for statewide office almost two dozen times. This year, he’s the gubernatorial candidate atop the Liberty Union ticket, a party which he helped to found more than 40 years ago. He doesn’t face a primary challenge so he’ll be the Liberty Union nominee in the November election. Diamondstone spoke with Vermont Edition about his candidacy.

Bob Kinzel / VPR

After last Thursday's filing deadline for candidates seeking state-wide office, Vermont Edition is interviewing all the major party challengers in the race for governor.

We hear from retired Wolcott businessman Steve Berry who is seeking the Republican nomination and Brooke Paige of Washington, who is running in the Democratic primary.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, June 17 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

A retired door-to-door salesman whose home was destroyed in Tropical Storm Irene is hoping to become the next governor of Vermont.

Few people had heard of Steve Berry’s name until Thursday, when he became one of three candidates to file petitions to get on the Republican gubernatorial primary ballot. Berry’s lone experience in politics has come as finance chair of the Lamoille County GOP.