Molly Gray to run for Congress

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Molly Gray to run for Congress

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 8:38am -- tim

Lieutenant Governor Announces Campaign for US House of Representatives

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray (D) announced her campaign to represent Vermont in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Peter Welch (D) previously announced he would seek the US Senate seat of retiring Patrick Leahy (D). Gray is the first declared candidate for the state's lone seat in the House. She will have served one term as lieutenant governor.

“While serving as Lieutenant Governor, I’ve met with hundreds of Vermonters and I know firsthand the challenges we face,” said Gray. “Our workforce is shrinking, housing is unaffordable, families are forced to choose between caring for loved ones and paying the bills, and our next generation is struggling to make it work. From affordable, quality child care to workforce development, I’m committed to working hard to bring real solutions to Vermont families. As Vermont’s Congresswoman I’ll fight for every corner of Vermont.”

A lifelong Vermonter, Gray, 37, was born and raised in South Newbury, Vermont, on a vegetable and dairy farm still operated by her family today. She has served Vermont in Washington as an aide to Congressman Welch, statewide as an Assistant Attorney General and now as Lieutenant Governor.

Before entering public office, Gray spent her career advocating for human rights and humanitarian assistance in Vermont, Washington, and around the globe. She is the first candidate to announce her campaign for the open seat vacated by Congressman Peter Welch, who announced on Monday, November 15 his run for the U.S. Senate to replace Senator Patrick Leahy, who will not be seeking reelection. 

“Senator Leahy has set a strong example by always working together to get things done for Vermont, and that is exactly what I will bring to our delegation. I will strive to serve as he has, by bringing the values and voices of Vermonters to Washington,” said Gray. “Our Vermont leadership on climate action, reproductive rights, voting rights, and human rights can be a model for the nation.”

In her 2020 bid for Lieutenant Governor, Gray prevailed in a crowded Democratic primary field, besting her three opponents with 44% of the vote. In her general election race against self-funded four-time Republican candidate Scott Milne and three Independents, Gray won with more than 50% of the vote. She was sworn in as Vermont’s 82nd Lieutenant Governor on January 7, 2020. If elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022, she will be the first woman in Vermont history to hold federal office. 

More information about Gray’s campaign and the campaign’s launch video released today can be found at www.mollyforvermont.com

Source: Molly Gray campaign Molly for Vermont Burlington, VT —12.6.2021