"I've just come to know Sue as an incredibly dedicated public servant and incredibly hard worker," McCall says. "I think she is the most qualified candidate in the race, and I look forward to helping her communicate her vision, message and issues to the voters of Vermont."
That won't start right away. McCall says she plans to stick with Emerge, which provides political training to Democratic women, a little bit longer as it seeks a new executive director. Minter says she hopes to bring McCall on board in the next few weeks — before she officially launches her campaign early next month.
"She has been volunteering for me," Minter says of McCall. "It's my hope I will soon have enough resources to hire her to lead my campaign."
A New Jersey native and University of Colorado graduate, McCall previously worked for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and for a South Carolina congressional candidate. She ran for the Burlington City Council in March, losing to Progressive Sara Giannoni in a relatively close race to represent Ward 3.
Minter is one of three declared Democratic candidates to replace retiring Gov. Peter Shumlin. House Speaker Shap Smith has announced that former Statehouse lobbyist Liz Sortino will run his campaign, while Google executive Matt Dunne has said that former lobbyist and Democratic operative Nick Charyk will run his.
Staff writer Terri Hallenbeck contributed to this story.