Meet the VT Gubernatorial Candidates

jessbeatAROUND THE NEK -  Vermont will vote for their future governor on November 8. The candidates running for the major parties are Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter, but what do each of these candidates stand for and why do they want to be your governor?


Phil Scott grew up in Barre, Vermont and went to Spaulding High School and after that attended the University of Vermont for a year. Scott then realized that his true passion was in business and opened up his first business, which was a boat rental and lawn mowing service on Lake Elmore, and his entrepreneurship only grew from there. Through his businesses Scott was able to interact with the community in many different ways and this made him want to get involved and help his community as much as possible. In 2000 Scott ran for the Vermont Senate and was elected, and he has served five full terms. He then went on to become the Lieutenant Governor for the past 5 years and now he feels he is ready to do more; be the governor of the state that he grew up in.

If Scott is elected he wants to help the middle class excel, “It is time for Vermont to move forward, beginning with a change in the Governor’s office. I will be a steady hand at the helm, provide balanced leadership that values listening, stand up for working families and confront our crisis of affordability in meaningful ways. Practical leadership that is in touch with the needs of everyday families and small businesses will rebuild faith and trust in government and move Vermont forward in very positive ways.”

Sue Minter grew up right outside of Philadelphia but knew Vermont would be her future home after many family trips to the state. She then graduated from Harvard University in 1984 with a degree in sociology and moved onto complete her master’s degree in city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1991 Minter moved to Waterbury, VT and his lived there ever sense. Her political career began in 2004 when she was elected as a State Representative in the Vermont Legislature representing Waterbury, Duxbury, Huntington and Buel’s Gore, all the way up to 2010. She now works as Vermont’s Secretary of transportation, and would now like to be the governor of the state she fell in love with as a young child.

Minter has had a strong background in climate protection and this is one of her main action items if elected as governor “Vermont’s economic prosperity, our public health, and our quality of life all depend upon clean water, clean energy, and a clean environment. I will continue Vermont’s tradition and legacy of environmental protection and leadership.”

So now it is up to you on who you want to be your next governor! The voting booths will be open November 8th and absentee ballots have already started to be casted, make sure you make your voice heard.