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Vermont Electric Coop chief says she will launch a campaign for governor

Christine Hallquist, the CEO of Vermont Electric Coop, says she intends to challenge Gov. Phil Scott.

Christine Hallquist, the CEO of Vermont Electric Coop, says she intends to challenge Gov. Phil Scott.

Christine Hallquist, the CEO of Vermont Electric Coop, has announced she plans to run against Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November.

Hallquist said she will run as a Democrat, making her the third such challenger. Environmentalist James Ehlers and Ethan Sonneborn, a 13-year-old middle school student, also plan to run, according to VtDigger. The three will compete for the right to take on Scott, who has said he will seek a second term.

(Can we take a moment to appreciate that a 13-YEAR-OLD is running for governor?! Holy cow. He means business, too: Check out his Twitter account, where he regularly posts statements related to the race. He even issued a statement on Hallquist’s candidacy. P.S.: If you’re wondering how he’s able to run, it’s because Vermont does not have a minimum age requirement for gubernatorial candidates. See the full requirements here.)

If elected, Hallquist would become the first openly transgender governor in the country — and American history.

With such a diverse pool of candidates, it’s clear this race will be one to watch.

‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ candlelight vigil set for Monday

Area LGBTQIA advocacy group Rural Outright plans to hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20.

The vigil will take place at the TLC Family Resource Center, located at 109 Pleasant St., Claremont. The event marks the annual Nov. 20 observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, according to the Valley Calendar. The vigil will honor all those who passed away in 2017.