Democratic candidates for Vt. secretary of state take questions

Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 12:00 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2022 at 6:32 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Democrats running for Vermont secretary of state debated Tuesday night.

VTDigger hosted the debate with candidates including Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, D-Bradford; Montpelier City Clerk John Odum; and Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters. Each candidate answered questions related to Vermont elections and how they plan to make government procedures more accessible and understandable to the public.

“Right now Vermont needs stability and continuity in the secretary of state’s office. I am the only candidate that can hit the ground running and I’ll be ready to lead on day one,” said Winters.

“You get an outsider to come into the office really can shake things up and take some different approaches. What I am here is to hopefully convince you all that I am the next person in that line to do it,” Odum said.

“Now more than ever, electing champions of democracy is critical. I’m running for Vermont secretary of state to ensure that all Vermonters can have their voices heard in Vermont elections,” Copeland Hanzas said.

The Republican and Progressive candidates were not in attendance because there is only one person on the ballot for each party.

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