Campaign 2018

The general election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Until then, keep checking back here for VPR's latest Campaign 2018 coverage, including candidate interviews and debates.

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Democrat Christine Hallquist seeks to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott in the Nov. 6 election.
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Live call-in discussion: Christine Hallquist is the former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative and the Democratic candidate for governor. She's challenging incumbent Repbublican Gov. Phil Scott in the Nov. 6 election.

Candidate Hallquist joins Vermont Edition to discuss her platform and priorities should she become governor.

A number of states are blocking web traffic from foreign countries to their voter registration websites, making the process harder for some U.S. citizens who live overseas to vote, despite the practice providing no real security benefits.

With less than a month before election day, "Vermont Edition" looks at how the races are shaping up and what are the key issues.
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In less than four weeks, Vermonters will choose candidates for statewide and legislative offices. Our panel of political pundits will look at the major issues in the campaigns for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

Discussing how these campaigns have unfolded this year are:

Beth Pearce, an incumbent Democrat, seeks another two-year term as state treasurer in the Nov. 6 election.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce was appointed to the job in late 2010, and has been re-elected three times on the Democratic ticket. In all, she's spent more than 40 years working in government finance.

An incumbent Democrat, Pearce spoke with Vermont Edition about why she wants another two-year term. 

Democratic challenger Christine Hallquist and Republican incumbent Gov. Phil Scott argued over how best to lead Vermont Wednesday at Rutland's Paramount Theatre on stage.
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Vermont’s two major party gubernatorial candidates debated for the second time Wednesday night. This time they faced off in Rutland at an event hosted by VTDigger.

Christine Hallquist, the Democratic candidate for governor, outlines parts of her education platform in Burlington on Wednesday, stading behind a Christine for Vermont sign outside.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist outlined some aspects of her education platform on Wednesday in Burlington, saying she supports a change in how public schools are funded.

Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses a crowd of supporters at a Detroit rally in August 2018. Sanders is seeking a third term in the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 6 election, facing eight challengers on the ballot.
Carlos Osorio / AP

Incumbent Sen. Bernie Sanders is seeking a third term as Vermont's junior Senator, and he faces a crowded field of challengers—including one Republican and seven Independents—on the Nov. 6 ballot.

We're talking to candidate Bernie Sanders about the objectives he'd pursue if re-elected.

Don Turner and David Zuckerman are the two major-party candidates for Vermont Lieutenant Governor.
photos by Angela Evancie and Ric Cengeri / VPR

We're kicking off the first of our general election debates, and partnering with Vermont PBS to air live on both radio and television. Joining us are the two major-party candidates for lieutenant governor: incumbent Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman and his Republican challenger, House Minority Leader Don Turner Jr.

Blue-green algae blooms, photographed in the summer of 2014 in Lake Champlain.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR FILE

Both of Vermont's major party gubernatorial candidates say they support a long-term plan to clean up Lake Champlain and other waterways in Vermont, but neither candidate is offering a plan to pay for it.

Russell Beste, an independent U.S. Senate candidate, at the VPR studios
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With the November midterm elections just weeks away, VPR is featuring interviews with candidates running for statewide office. Russell Beste is an independent candidate running for U.S. Senate. He’s challenging incumbent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking re-election.

Laura Potter, the Liberty Union candidate for Vermont's only U.S. House seat.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Ahead of the November midterm elections, VPR is featuring interviews with candidates running for statewide office. Laura Potter is running as the Liberty Union candidate for the state’s lone U.S House seat. She’s challenging incumbent Democrat Rep. Peter Welch.

Bruce Busa is running as an independent for U.S. Senate.
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As we draw closer to the midterm elections, VPR is interviewing candidates seeking statewide office. Bruce Busa, of Readsboro, is running as an independent for U.S. Senate. That seat is currently held by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking re-election.

Incumbent Doug Hoffer is seeking his fourth term as Vemront's State Auditor.
Henry Epp / VPR FILE

As part of VPR's series of interviews with candidates for statewide office, Vermont Edition spoke with Doug Hoffer, who is seeking his fourth term as state auditor. Hoffer took the time to explain the role of his office.

A state ethics commission says Gov. Phil SCott has a conflict of interest, due to his financial ties to a company that does business with the state. Scott says he rejects the commission's opinion.
Lisa Rathke / Associated Press File

The Vermont State Ethics Commission said this week that Gov. Phil Scott has a financial conflict of interest. The governor rejects the panel’s opinion, however, and says voters can decide next month whether he’s violated the state code of ethics.

Incumbent Peter Welch is seeking his seventh term in Congress. He was first elected in 2006 after Bernie Sanders decided to run for the open Senate seat.
Anna Ste. Marie / VPR FILE

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Peter Welch is running for his seventh term in the U.S. House. As part of VPR's series of interviews with candidates for this seat, Welch joins Vermont Edition to discuss the key issues in the race, including health care and the Farm Bill.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Trevor Barlow at the VPR studios.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

The general election is just weeks away. Leading up to the vote, we're featuring interviews with candidates seeking statewide offices. Trevor Barlow is running for governor as an independent.

Charles Laramie
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The midterm general elections are fast approaching, and VPR is featuring interviews with candidates running for statewide office. Charles Laramie is an independent running in the gubernatorial race.

The exterior of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier on a blue-sky day.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

With only about a month until Election Day, candidates for statewide office are garnering most of the media attention in Vermont. However political action committees appear to be focusing most of their energy on local races for House and Senate.

A blue hospital monitoring line that turns into a dollar symbol.
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Vermont's two major party candidates for governor — Republican incumbent Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic nominee Christine Hallquist — have sharp disagreements on the path Vermont should take to make health care more affordable in the short term. Yet the two candidates view the long-term solution in a similar way.

The 2018 general election is fast-approaching, and leading up to Election Day, we're featuring interviews with candidates seeking statewide offices. Jon Svitavsky is running as an independent for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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