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Campaigning with lieutenant governor candidates

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

In the lieutenant governor's race this year it's a tale of two very different candidates.

A day for Randy Brock starts early at his home in Swanton usually before 6 a.m.

"I wasn't born in Vermont, but I got here just as soon as I could," said Brock. 

He came to Vermont to go to Middlebury College, enlisted in the army after graduation and then embarked on a successful business career. Money management remained a passion even after he retired.

"After about three months, my wife said you know, you ought to find something to do and so I ran for state auditor," said Brock.

From state auditor to state senator for Franklin County, to a bid for governor in 2012 against Governor Peter Shumlin. But the Republican says he isn't making another bid for the state's top job. He says as lieutenant governor, he wants to use his business and financial expertise to focus on two key issues.

"Jobs and the economy. That's what this election is all about in Vermont," said Brock. 

Brock has a long day ahead on the campaign trail, but the 72-year-old says he isn't tired of it.

"If you enjoy life and you work hard, the notion of slowing down doesn't even register on your radar," said Brock. 

Meanwhile, down in Hinesburg his opponent David Zuckerman is taking care of a few final chores before he too hits the campaign trail.

"We farm here with about 25 acres of vegetables and chickens and pigs," said Zuckerman. 

The 45-year-old moved to Full Moon Farm after years of working the land on Burlington's Intervale. He also came to Vermont for college at UVM and fell in love with the state.

"At UVM I was an environmental activist and I was pretty cynical about the political structure and process," said Zuckerman. 

He credits Bernie Sanders for inspiring him to get involved in politics. Zuckerman served as a state representative for several terms and then as a state senator for Chittenden County. He says while farming and politics may seem different on the surface, it's a good balance for him.

"Building for a result takes a lot of time. You know, you don't just plant a seed and have a crop the next day and you don't just put an idea out there and it passes as a law the next day," said Zuckerman.

The Progressive and Democrat led the fight for marijuana legalization in the past year, but he describes his current political agenda as an environmental and social ethic combined focusing on education, child care and economic justice.

"How do we make an economy and a society and a culture that creates opportunity for everybody and doesn't have folks born into a situation that they can't move out of," said Zuckerman. 

He says it's too early to say whether he would run for governor down the line, and says as lieutenant governor, he would involve more people in the political process.

"I think the challenge for me will be that you're not at the table negotiating the language of the bill in committees and that's what I've done for 18 years," said Zuckerman. 

They are two candidates from different walks of life, each with their own vision to help Vermont as the state's second-in-command. 

We asked both candidates how they would work with whichever governor is elected and they both told us while they have their preferences from a policy perspective, they believe they can work with whoever voters choose.

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