Campaign News in Brief
EMILY's List endorses
Holcombe for governor
Rebecca Holcombe has been endorsed by EMILY's List, an organization that supports progressive pro-choice women running for office, in her bid for governor, Holcombe's campaign announced Tuesday.
"EMILY's List is excited to endorse Rebecca Holcombe for Vermont governor. Rebecca is a tireless advocate for education who understands the importance of investing in Vermont's children and working families," Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, said in a statement."As secretary of education, Rebecca brought people and political parties together to create progress across the state's school districts. EMILY's List is confident that Rebecca will continue to unite Vermonters in the fight for affordable health care, quality public schools, and environmental protections, and we are proud to endorse her campaign," Schriock said.
"I'm proud to have received the support of EMILY's List," Holcombe, a Democrat, said. Noting that Vermont has elected only one woman governor, Madeleine Kunin, Holcombe said, "I intend to be the second of many women to serve in Vermont's top office. And, I look forward to having this campaign pave the way for other women who seek office."
Gray urges state to act
to close broadband gap
Assistant Attorney General Molly Gray, a candidate for lieutenant governor, issued the following statement:
"Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, my greatest concern has been, and remains, Vermonters who are unable to access critical services and information while they comply with the governor's "Stay Safe, Stay Home" Order. While COVID-19 has impacted Vermonters in myriad ways, for 23 percent of Vermont comprising 68,899 businesses and residential locations without access to broadband, the pandemic has been particularly isolating.
H.966 as passed by the House will make a significant and needed investment in Vermont's telecommunications infrastructure and bring relief to many Vermont families. Unfortunately, the appropriations in H.966 only meet a fraction of the up to $293 million needed to close the broadband gap and bring equal access to high-speed internet and opportunity to every community. As written in the bill, 'With haste and precision, the State must redouble its efforts to go where the market will not.'
"With each passing day, families and children are left behind in rural and low-income communities across Vermont. This crisis has exposed why access to high-speed internet should be no different than access to water, heat or electricity. We must face and end this deep inequity."
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