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Q&A With the Candidates: Lieutenant Governor


Published September 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Updated November 2, 2020 at 9:05 p.m.

Ralph Corbo (I), Molly Gray (D) and Scott Milne (R) - FILE AND COURTESY PHOTOS
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  • Ralph Corbo (I), Molly Gray (D) and Scott Milne (R)

The lieutenant governor presides over the Vermont Senate. The post is largely ceremonial — unless the governor is incapacitated or unable to serve. In that case, the LG takes over the top job. The current incumbent, David Zuckerman, is running for governor.

We asked the candidates vying for his seat to answer these questions:

1. How would you advance the issues you care about the most, given the limited powers of the lieutenant governor's office?

2. If you were elected to serve alongside a governor of the opposite party, how would you navigate that relationship?

Ralph Corbo

Wallingford; U.S. postal service employee, was fired for standing up for basic employee rights; Independent
  1. i will use my position presiding over and being in close contact with vermont senators, and the duty accorded the lieutenant governor to help select senate committee members for each legislative session along with selecting appointees for statewide commissions, to elucidate and advocate progressive legislation that i have campaigned on
  2. party will not be a factor in how i relate to the governor's office for as an independent candidate my policy will be that i will be ever vigilant and move with all my might against a governor who steers the vermont ship of state against progressive principles and advocacy.

Molly Gray

South Newbury; Vermont assistant attorney general; Democrat

  1. The greatest power of the Lieutenant Governor's office is the power to convene, to bring together our best and brightest and champion the needs of rural Vermont to build a brighter future where rural communities thrive, families are supported and our land and environment are protected for future generations.
  2. It's time to put people before politics. I have spent my career bringing people together to get things done. I have the experience to unite us and shape a bright future for Vermont. I will be a strong partner for our Governor and legislature, and for communities across Vermont.

Scott Milne

Pomfret; Business owner and president of Milne Travel; Republican
  1. Vermonters are struggling more now than ever. I would leverage my 30 years of business experience to partner with Governor Scott — who has endorsed me —and work across the aisle so we can tackle COVID-19 and rebuild our economy. My ProgressVT plan has the details.
  2. While I firmly believe Governor Scott will be re-elected, I would focus on building bridges and finding areas of commonality in the event David Zuckerman was elected. We need to emphasize our areas of agreement and put aside party lines. My ProgressVT plan has bipartisan solutions we can all endorse.

Did not respond:

Wayne Billado III, independent; Cris Ericson, independent

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