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Lt. Governor Candidate Molly Gray on Results of the Democratic Primary

Gray: “I am beyond humbled by the support for our campaign. Together we built a campaign that brought new voices into politics and worked to unite our state around a bold vision for a brighter future. To have played a small part in that has been the honor of a lifetime.”

BURLINGTON — Included below are remarks from Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray in response to the results of today’s August 11 primary election:

“I want to say thank you. Thank you to our incredible volunteers and supporters. Thank you to our tireless campaign team. Thank you to my fellow Democratic candidates who entered this race to serve our state. Thank you to the historic number of Vermonters who voted in this primary. And thank you to the Town Clerks and our Secretary of State’s office for their hard work to protect our health and our right to vote.

I entered this race because now is the time for the next generation of Vermont leaders to step forward, and to ensure that rural communities have a strong voice in Montpelier. What I have heard from Vermonters every day on the campaign trail is that in order to bring a generation here and keep a generation home we must commit to addressing the constellation of challenges and opportunities that will make Vermont a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable place to live.

I ran for Lt. Governor because we are at a crossroads. We are navigating a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and major social change both at home in Vermont and across our nation. There is no going back. This is a historic and transformative moment, which I believe we can meet if we do it together.

I believe that together we can build a future where our rural communities thrive and our economy is restored, where our families are supported and healthy, and where our land and environment are protected for future generations.

Together, we can make quality child care, and paid family and medical leave a reality so that no one has to choose between caring for loved ones and paying the bills.

Together, we can invest boldly in higher education, address our massive workforce shortages, and lift the burden of stifling student loan debt.

Together we can ensure equal access to the Internet and expand access to telemedicine, online learning, remote work, and economic opportunity.

Together, we can fulfill the promise of Vermont for the next generation. We can keep a generation here, draw a generation home, and welcome a new generation to Vermont.

As a first-time candidate, I am beyond humbled by the support for our campaign. Together we built a campaign that brought new voices into politics and that worked to unite our state around a bold vision for a brighter future. Over 1,000 people contributed to this campaign and we welcomed over 40 volunteers to our team, and together they built a truly innovative and forward looking field effort that touched every corner of our state. To have played a small part in that has been the honor of a lifetime.

This dedication to our neighbors, this strength and resilience in the face of difficult times, this gives me hope for the future and what we can accomplish together.

We must now look forward and continue to grow the momentum that we have built.

While so much about our future is unclear, I believe in Vermont, in our communities and our people. We know who we are and we know the Vermont that we want for each other. As your neighbor, your fellow Vermonter, and now your Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor, I promise to be by your side every step of the way.”

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