Press Release

For immediate release

May 30, 2016


Five major-party candidates will meet for “Kingdom County Debate” on Wednesday, June 29, at 6 p.m. in local riding arena

Irasburg, Vt.—The Kingdom County Forum, an Irasburg citizens’ group, today (May 30) announced the Kingdom County Debate, to be held in Irasburg on Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. Candidates Matt Dunne, Peter Galbraith, Bruce Lisman, Sue Minter and Phil Scott, the major-party candidates for Vermont governor, have all agreed to take part in the debate.

Reporter Jon Margolis, a former Chicago Tribune reporter and current political columnist for VTDigger, who now lives in Barton, will serve as moderator.

The Orleans County Democratic and Republican Committees are co-sponsors of the event.

“I applaud the organizers of this debate,” said Orleans County Republican Committee Chair Chet Greenwood.  “It gives the residents of the Northeast Kingdom a unique opportunity to submit questions and be a part of the election process as they listen to the candidates debate the issues concerning Vermonters and especially the NEK.”

Judy Bevans, Orleans County Democratic Committee Chair, welcomed the opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates—and vice versa.

“Bringing unique NEK issues in front of all of the gubernatorial candidates for debate is good for all, clarifying our concerns with the candidates,” Ms. Bevans said. “By hearing their responses, we in turn, become more informed voters. The Orleans County Democratic Committee is pleased and proud to be part of that process.”

The event will take place in a 10,000 square-foot covered riding arena at 4328 Route 14 in Irasburg.

“We’ll be comfortable rain or shine,” said the arena’s owner, Kingdom County Forum member Ron Holland. “We suggest that folks bring along their lawn chairs so that we can all enjoy what promises to be a lively evening.”

The arena has ample free parking.

The Kingdom County Debate’s website provides an opportunity to submit questions to the candidates in advance of the debate. The site also provides a map, directions, information about the participants, and opportunities for Kingdom County Debate sponsorship.

Media contacts
Judith Jackson
802-754-9968 / 802-673-5533

Ron Holland