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Q&A With the Candidates: Representative to Congress


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

Peter R. Becker (I); Miriam Berry (R); Christopher Helali (Communist Party);  Jerry Trudell (I); Peter Welch (D) - COURTESY PHOTOS
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  • Peter R. Becker (I); Miriam Berry (R); Christopher Helali (Communist Party); Jerry Trudell (I); Peter Welch (D)

Vermont's congressional delegation consists of two senators — neither of whom is up for reelection this year — and one member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

We asked the candidates seeking to represent Vermont in Congress to respond to a single question:

1. Why should you be Vermont's sole voice in the U.S. House of Representatives?

Peter R. Becker

Rutland City; Small business owner; Independent
  1. If it wasn't for partisan politics, we'd have an additional $1200 stimulus check. Critical legislation is constantly being held hostage because of partisan hatred each party has for the other. Voting for me and other Independents can break the crippling gridlock. You don't have to vote for Democrats or Republicans.

Miriam Berry

Essex; Registered nurse at Birchwood Terrace Rehab & Healthcare; Republican
  1. Our founders intended the House be staffed not by distant career politicians but by everyday citizens. As an RN, I offer compassion & solutions to bring healing. In this age of COVID, in this age of division, Vermont needs a nurse. The United States needs a nurse.

Christopher Helali

Vershire; Farmer and graduate student at Dartmouth College; Communist Party
  1. The Democrats and Republicans are the parties of capitalism and war. They are owned by corporations. They have destroyed the working class. Their wars have killed millions around the world. Having been to war, I will struggle to end the wars and military-industrial complex. All Power to Workers and Farmers!

Jerry Trudell

St. George; Pilot, photographer and community organizer; Independent
  1. My voice in Washington will be independent of party affiliation. I will build a bridge across the partisan divide and create bipartisanship instead of a bipolar relationship between political parties. Go to my website jerryforvermont.com and watch my videos for my proposal for a "Greenprint for a new economy."

Peter Welch

Norwich; U.S. Congressman; Democrat
  1. For the past 14 years in Congress, I have brought the "Vermont way" to Washington — hard work, civility, respect and progressive values. If re-elected, I will continue to fight for Vermonters as we work together to address a global pandemic, an economy on the ropes, climate change, and systematic racism.

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