Democrat Balint will be Vermont’s first woman in Congress

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In the Democratic primary, Balint defeated Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray, a more centrist candidate backed by the state’s Democratic establishment, including Leahy and former governors Howard Dean and Madeleine Kunin. Balint won support from the party’s progressive wing, including Independent US Senator Bernie Sanders.

The 54-year-old from Brattleboro served four terms in the Vermont Senate, including as majority leader from 2017 to 2020. A former history and social studies professor, she was elected president of the Vermont Senate. state in 2021, becoming the first woman and the first openly gay man to play this role.

Balint said she wants to do “a really good job on behalf of all Vermonters” and make sure they feel they can contact her easily and have an office “working hard on their behalf.”

She learned the ability to listen deeply as a teacher, she said, and will take her to Washington to try to find common ground at a time when she thinks democracy is at stake Balint wants to protect voters’ rights and is concerned about the US Supreme Court and what it calls its lack of transparency. She would like to see term limits for the court and for federal judges, as well as for members of Congress.

Balint also hoped his campaign would inspire more young people and people from diverse backgrounds to run for office, “whether it’s young LGBTQ people, people of color, people from working class backgrounds who wouldn’t have never imagined being able to run for office.”

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Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press

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