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Vt. treasurer candidates debate at WCAX

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The Republican candidate for Vt. treasurer Wendy Wilton challenged her Democratic opponent to more debates. Incumbent Beth Pearce said she would consider the challenge. Friday, the two met in a 30-minute debate at Channel 3.

It's Vermont's most spirited campaign. While some may find stories about bonds and financial figures boring, the candidates for treasurer have launched a series of exchanges.

The Pearce campaign has called Wilton a liar, at one point asking the Rutland City treasurer if Wilton even knew what the state treasurer does.

And Wilton has questioned Pearce's commitment to Vermont because she has chosen to rent a home and not buy a home in the Green Mountains.

The sharp exchanges were launched through email and paper.

But on this day-- a face-to-face exchange on WCAX's "You Can Quote Me."

Renting versus home ownership was quickly addressed.

"With a high-ranking official like my opponent, she is the third highest rank position in the state of Vermont, she certainly has the capacity to buy a home and where she lives in Barre homes are reasonably priced," Wilton said.

"I think any indication or any implication that someone has less to offer in public service because of their choice of home is frankly outrageous," Pearce countered.

Pearce, a Democrat, is in her first term as treasurer. She was appointed to the post by Gov. Peter Shumlin. And because Pearce was never elected, Wilton questioned Pearce's independence because she was appointed.

"So, clearly she is beholden to this administration for the position she has today," Wilton said.

"I am beholden to one group the taxpayers and citizens of Vermont," Pearce said.

Strong statements between the candidates for treasurer as the campaign enters the home stretch.

Click here to see the debate.

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