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Debate: Governor's Race

Emily Alfin Johnson
The three gubernatorial candidates – Republican Phil Scott (pictured far left), Liberty Union's Bill "Spaceman" Lee (pictured center, facing), Democrat Sue Minter (pictured far right) – for a debate in VPR's Colchester studio on Nov. 3, 2016 at 7 p.m.";s:

Vermont will choose a new governor on Tuesday. Thursday night, the candidates vying for Vermont's highest office met in a final statewide debate. Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm moderated a debate among the three candidates for governor:

  • Liberty Union's Bill "Spaceman" Lee
  • Democrat Sue Minter
  • Republican Phil Scott

Scott has served as lieutenant governor for six years and was previously a state senator. Minter was secretary of the Agency of Transportation and served as chief recovery officer after Tropical Storm Irene. Lee is former professional baseball player.
The candidates question each other directly, and answer questions submitted by Vermonters about the issues, their qualifications and their competing visions for the office.

Topics of moderator and listener questions in this debate include:

  • Tone of this campaign
  • Energy projects
  • Child care and paid family leave
  • Education funding
  • Health care
  • Vermont's economy and employment landscape
  • Higher education
  • Lake and waterway cleanup revenue sources

More from VPR: Learn about the governor candidates and listen to interviews.

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