Transgender gubernatorial candidate stumps in Bennington

This article by Derek Carson originally appeared May 17 in the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — Democratic candidate for governor Christine Hallquist made a stop in Vermont on Wednesday evening, promoting a platform that supports rural economic development, universal healthcare, a taxed and regulated marijuana market and a $15 minimum wage.

“I’m a person that pulls people together to do really great things,” Hallquist told the roughly 30 people at a meeting of the Bennington chapter of Rights and Democracy, hosted at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington.

Hallquist was chief executive officer of Vermont Electric Co-op, a 107-employee company based in Johnson before she resigned in March to run for governor. She is one of four candidates to formally declare for the Democratic nomination, along with Lake Champlain International Executive Director James Ehlers, Southern Vermont Dance Festival Executive Director Brenda Siegel, and Mount Abraham Union Middle School eighth-grader Ethan Sonneborn.

As CEO, she said, “My passion was to show that the electric grid could solve climate change. When I left on March 2, we were 97 percent carbon-free, we were offering incentives for people to move away from fossil fuels for heating, cooling, and transportation, and we had gone five years without a rate increase, which essentially proved that solving climate change does not need to cost more money.”

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