Hallquist to run for governor

JOHNSON, Vt (WCAX) The CEO of a Vermont utility will make it official Tuesday-- she's running for Vermont governor.

Christine Hallquist-File photo

Christine Hallquist says she plans to leave her post as the CEO of the Vermont Electric Co-op, which is the second largest utility in Vermont. She plans to resign after a Tuesday board meeting.

Hallquist told WCAX News, "It's pretty clear what my intentions are, that is to run for governor." And she said she will officially announce Tuesday.

Hallquist says she voted for Gov. Phil Scott in 2016 and expects a clean campaign. If Hallquist wins, she would become the nation's first trans governor, although she has said her gender identity will not be the focus of the campaign. She told WCAX last month that she sees Vermont's values slipping away. "I believe we are seeing overreach of the federal government. It's all about those policies of creating enemies, going after the oppressed and I don't want to see that happen in Vermont," she said.

Hallquist plans to focus on ensuring Vermont remains at the forefront of civil rights, exploring cheaper ways to provide health care and fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

The Johnson resident will have competition in the Democratic primary. James Ehlers and Ethan Sonneborn have already announced their candidacy for governor. The winner would take on incumbent Republican Phil Scott.