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Burlington Rep. Kesha Ram Launches Bid For Lieutenant Governor

A photo of Kesha Ram Hinsdale in a purple scarf and patterned jacket outside in the snow.
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Burlington Rep. Kesha Ram has served four terms in the Vermont Legislature and says she's ready to use that experience to generate "a new sense of urgency to a lot of issues facing Vermonters."

Burlington Rep. Kesha Ram is running for lieutenant governor.

The 29-year-old Democrat has spent most of her adult life in the Vermont Legislature, and says she’s ready to use that experience to generate “a new sense of urgency to a lot of issues facing Vermonters.”

“For me, it felt like Vermont was in a place where I could lend a lot of value as a connector and consensus builder in this role,” Ram says.

Ram is the second Democratic candidate to enter the field. Twenty-eight-year-old Marlboro resident Brandon Riker announced his candidacy in July, and has already raised more than $100,000 for his campaign, most of which came from his own pocket.

Ram has served four terms in the Legislature and says she’ll bring a special focus to economic issues facing Vermont families, such as college affordability and childcare expenses. Paul Heintz of Seven Days was first to report on Ram's candidacy.

Ram works for the City of Burlington as a “public engagement specialist” and says she’ll look to transition out of that job as her campaign proceeds.

Former Republican State Auditor Randy Brock is the only GOP candidate thus far that has announced a bid for lieutenant governor. The open seat is being vacated by incumbent Republican Phil Scott, who is running for governor.

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