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The Deeper Dig: What to watch for in the 2020 primary

Iona Smith casts a ballot at the Ferrisburgh Town Hall in November 2019. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

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Vermont’s primary election is Aug. 11. On this week’s podcast, VTDigger’s politics team discusses the dynamics of this year’s major races. Two prominent Democratic candidates, David Zuckerman and Rebecca Holcombe, are facing off for the gubernatorial nomination, while Gov. Phil Scott’s challengers on the Republican ticket are relatively unknown. Whoever wins the Democratic primary would have a steep climb to beat Scott who enjoys bipartisan support for his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn more about the candidates — and how to vote — in VTDigger’s 2020 Voter Guide.

The open lieutenant governor seat has attracted a crowded field of challengers, including two high-profile Democrats in unusual positions: Molly Gray, in her first run for office, has been embraced by the state’s Democratic establishment, while experienced Senate leader Tim Ashe has adopted an outsider’s role as a Progressive Democrat. Brenda Siegel, an advocate for low-income Vermonters, has galvanized support among prominent Progressives, and Debbie Ingram, a Democratic state senator, has had a strong showing in debates where she has taken pot shots at Gray.

Meanwhile, the race for two vacant Senate seats in Chittenden County has brought so many qualified contenders that even incumbents could be at risk of losing their positions. And in Winooski, House candidate Taylor Small sees a path to becoming the state’s first openly transgender lawmaker.

Learn more about key races in VTDigger’s 2020 Voter Guide.

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Mike Dougherty

About Mike

Michael Dougherty is VTDigger’s digital editor. He is in charge of comment review, social media engagement and multimedia productions.

Dougherty is a DC-area native and studied journalism and music at New York University. Prior to joining VTDigger, Michael spent two years as a program coordinator for the Vermont Humanities Council. Before moving to Vermont in 2015, he spent seven years managing recording operations for the oral history nonprofit StoryCorps, assisted Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, and contributed to the Brooklyn-based alt-weekly L Magazine.

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