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Why Warren physician Niki Thran wants to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate

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Dr Niki Thran is a Warren physician running as for the U.S. Senate. She's one of three Democrats competing for the party's nomination in Vermont's Aug. 9 primary election.

Dr. Niki Thran is an emergency physician working at a community hospital in Randolph. Outside of her medical roles, she's also worked with Democrat-aligned organizations at the town and county level. Now she's seeking the Democratic party's nomination to the U.S. Senate.

The Senate seat will open this fall due to the announced retirement of Sen. Patrick Leahy.

In seeking her party's nomination, Thran is running against Isaac Evans-Frantz, a Brattleboro activist, and Rep. Peter Welch.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined VPR as host and senior producer in March 2021. Formerly a reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, he's passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined VPR in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.