VTDigger to host lieutenant gubernatorial debates in Rutland

The 2022 Digger Debate Series continues on June 15 with the first media-sponsored debates of Vermont’s race for lieutenant governor. 

VTDigger will host back-to-back Republican and Democratic debates starting at 6 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. 

With incumbent Lt. Gov. Molly Gray stepping aside to run for Congress, Vermont’s No. 2 job is wide open. Republican candidates include Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, and former Rutland City Alderman Gregory Thayer. Democratic candidates include Rep. Charlie Kimbell, D-Woodstock; nonprofit executive Patricia Preston; former Rep. Kitty Toll, D-Danville; and former Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman. All six are scheduled to take part in the June 15 debates. 

The event will be moderated by VTDigger reporter Riley Robinson and senior editor Mike Dougherty. 

Limited tickets are available at the Paramount Theatre. The debates will also be livestreamed on VTDigger’s website. Click here to register for in-person tickets. A link to the livestream will be emailed on June 8.

The 2022 Digger Debate Series kicked off in April with the first Democratic debate of Vermont’s race for the U.S. House. The series will include a number of events leading up to the Aug. 9 primary election and the Nov. 8 general election. 

Additional scheduled primary-season debates include: 

  • Secretary of State Debate: Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. on VTDigger’s website
  • U.S. House Debate: Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Double E Performance Center in Essex Junction

All attendees are required to be up to date on Covid-19 vaccinations. In accordance with federal guidelines, masks will be required if local Covid-19 levels are rated "high" by the CDC at the time of the event. 


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