Patricia Preston launches campaign for lieutenant governor

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Patricia Preston launches campaign for lieutenant governor

Mon, 01/10/2022 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Patricia Preston, a lifelong Vermonter who currently serves as Executive Director of Vermont Council on World Affairs, announced she is seeking the Democratic Nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont.

Preston was born in rural Vermont and raised on a fourth generation family farm in Orange County that is still in operation today. Soon after she graduated from the University of Vermont, Patricia began committing herself to public service through educating youth at home in Vermont and abroad.

Preston is the second declared candidate for the seat being vacated by Molly Gray, who is seeking Vermont's lone congressional seat. State Representative Charlie Kimbell, D-Woodstock announced he was running for lieutenant governor last week. Seven Days has reported that former Danville state representative Kitty Toll is considering a run. All three are Democrats. Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, a Progressive, told Seven Days he is also pondering a run, as is Caledonia State Senator Republican Joe Benning, according to the Valley News.

The political scene opened up following Senator Patrick Leahy's announcement in November that he would retire. Congressman Peter Welch then announced he would seek the US Senate seat.

For nearly the last decade, Patricia Preston has served as the executive director for an organization that brings international leaders together with Vermonters in the public and private sectors, building relationships that strengthen our economy and create opportunities for Vermont businesses and individuals. Through this work, she has traveled to every corner of Vermont fostering collaboration across communities and helping the organization create millions of dollars in economic impact across the state.

Preston said she is going to be traveling the state once again, and this time on the campaign trail. She is looking forward to having conversations with Vermonters about how we can solve our greatest challenges and create a brighter future for Vermont.

In her recently released campaign video, Preston said: 

“Vermonters are facing unprecedented challenges. Our workforce is shrinking, our infrastructure is aging, and our every day costs are rising. The divisiveness we see in politics today threatens Vermont’s civic life, which I have always treasured. It is time that Montpelier keeps our state's promise to every Vermonter. So here is the promise I make today - as  Vermont's next Lieutenant Governor I will work tirelessly to build the trust and cooperation we need to solve our most pressing issues to make Vermont the state we know it can be.”

In response to Patricia Preston’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor, Peter Clavelle, former Mayor of Burlington says, "Patricia Preston cares deeply about Vermont and Vermonters. She has the skills and experience to be an effective and excellent Lieutenant Governor. She is smart, a good listener, and a proven consensus builder. I'm confident that she will serve us well."

Amila Merdzanovic stated the following of Patricia’s candidacy, “It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with Patricia and her team over the years. Through her strong leadership and vision, she brought the world to our beautiful state through international visitor exchanges. The public forums and dialogues she led were always rich, engaging, and thought provoking. She exemplifies a leader who thinks globally and acts locally. She will be a relentless advocate for statewide issues pertaining to economic development, health care, education, and cross cultural issues.” 

Bill Schubart, Hinesburg resident and author, said the following in response to Patricia’s announcement today, “Kate and I were both excited to learn of Patricia Preston's decision to run for the office of Lieutenant Governor. As members of the Vermont Council on World Affairs, we have watched her lead a vital organization that connects Vermonters to the world around them. But more importantly, her proven organizational and leadership skills, her roots as a Vermonter, and her keen observation and understanding of the challenges everyday Vermonters face make her the perfect candidate for leadership. Kate and I are pleased to endorse and support her in her run for this critical leadership position.”

Source: Burlington, Vermont - 1.10.2022