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Five Democratic primary candidates for governor embark on "Unity" tour



Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Launch a United Vision for Vermont Tour

Burlington, Vt – The presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Peter Shumlin and the four other Democratic Candidates for Governor today launched their United Vision for Vermont Tour. The candidates will make seven stops throughout the state on the two-day tour where they will highlight their unified vision to put Vermonters back to work and get our economy moving again.

“As Democratic candidates for governor we have a united vision of how best to get Vermonters back to work,” said Shumlin. “This vision includes a healthy middle class, an economic environment where every Vermonter, no matter how rich or how poor, will have an equal opportunity to succeed. This is in stark contrast to Brian Dubie, whose George W. Bush’s style plan will sacrifice our environment and our children’s education to give tax cuts to the wealthy.”

“Vermonters will have a clear choice in November,” said Racine. “We all share values of a clean environment, real opportunities for all Vermonters, and a good education for every child in Vermont. We will build a strong economy that provides good jobs for Vermonters.”

The candidates highlighted their own vision and also spoke about why they felt Peter and not Brian Dubie is the candidate with the skills, experience and vision to create good paying jobs and protect our quality of life.

“In these difficult economic times, it is more important than ever that we have a Governor with experience handling the state budget,” said Bartlett. “When Brian Dubie released his economic development plan it became crystal clear that he has never written a budget, voted on a budget or had to manage a budget. His numbers simply don’t add up. Madeline Kunin said that she learned what she needed to learn about being governor by being on the appropriations committee. Peter has been there and understands the task confronting the state.”

“As a mother of teenagers enrolled in Vermont’s public school system I understand how important our high quality education system is for our families, our economy and our future,” said Markowitz. “I trust Peter Shumlin to uphold the quality of this system. On the other hand, Brian Dubie intends to destroy it so he can give tax breaks to Vermont’s wealthiest.”

“We need a governor with experience making a business work in Vermont to understand how to make it possible for new businesses to start and existing businesses to thrive,” said Dunne. “This is not a time for someone like Brian Dubie who has no experience creating jobs and, from his economic development plan, does not understand what our businesses need. We need a Governor who can start on day one creating an economy that works for all of Vermont.”

The candidates are traveling the state together in an RV and will be making three additional stops tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8.

Details of the tour are below:

Wednesday, September 8:

8:30 – 9:30 AM: Brattleboro

**Note: Change in Location** Pliny Park (on the corner of Rte 5 and Rte 9 in downtown Brattleboro)

10:30 – 11:00: White River Junction

GroSolar, 601 Old River Road, WRJ

12:30 – 1:30: Montpelier

Location: State House Lawn

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