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Debate Week on VPR’s Vermont Edition begins August 1st and they want your questions for the primary election candidates. What issues do you want them to take a stand on? What priorities matter to you as a voter? What information will help you decide who will get your vote?

Debate Week features four debates for contested offices in the Aug. 9 primary election:

August 1st, 2016

Democratic Lieutenant Governor Candidates:
Kesha Ram
Shap Smith
David Zuckerman

August 2nd, 2016

Democratic Treasurer Candidates:
Richard Dunne
Beth Pearce

August 3rd, 2016

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates:
Bruce Lisman
Phil Scott

August 4th, 2016

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates:
Matt Dunne
Peter Galbraith
Sue Minter

Here are two ways to potentially get your question asked in our debates:

1. Record your question on your smartphone’s voice memo app and send it to vermontedition@vpr.net.
2. Submit your question here.

August 22nd, 2016

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph. Also live broadcast on Vermont PBS and www.vermontpbs.org. Candidates discuss the issue of education in the state of Vermont. The first post-primary debate between Sue Minter and Phil Scott will be live on Vermont PBS and hosted by the Vermont NEA. Moderated by Peter Hirschfeld (VPR) and Lola Duffort (Rutland Herald).

September 22nd, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at the Vermont State House 115 State Street, Montpelier. Gubenatorial Forum on womens issues. Presented by the Vermont Commission on Women, the League of Women Voters of Vermont, and Business and Professional Women of Vermont, the event will be moderated by Anne Galloway of VT Digger. Please visit the Facebook Event Page for more information. Free and open to the public.

September 25th, 2016

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Damon Hall Hartland. 2016 Governor’s Forum on Youth Issues. Moderated by VTDigger’s Anne Galloway. A reception for the candidates, by donation, will be held from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Donations will benefit local youth mentoring. Hosted by Windsor County Partners. Questions? 802-674-5101 or WindsorCM@outlook.com

September 28th, 2016

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at The Paramount Theatre 30 Center Street Rutland, VT 05701. Join VTDigger for a Digger Dialogue/ Gubernatorial Debate in partnership with Castleton University and The Paramount Theatre as part of the Project 240 Series. Special thanks to lead sponsor Let’s Grow Kids and supporting sponsors Davis & Hodgdon Associates and Vermont Coffee Company for making this event possible. Moderated by VTDigger Senior Editor, Mark Johnson, the Republican candidate Phil Scott and Democratic candidate Sue Minter will offer their views based upon VTDigger reader questions. Castleton University students will be on hand to assist moderating questions pertaining to college tuition, financial aid and the economic prospects for young adults in Vermont. Liberty Union Party candidate Bill Lee will not participate due to a scheduling conflict however, VTDigger will publish his views and his answers to reader questions This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Please RSVP to help us in our planning. Questions can be submitted ahead of time here.

September 29th, 2016

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. Gubernatorial Candidates: “My Vision for Prevention,” Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.

October 10th, 2016

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at DoubleTree hotel and Conference Center, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington. AARP VT Governor’s Candidate Forum for VT Governor – Find out how the candidates stand on your issues. Live broadcast on VT PBS.
RSVP to 877-926-8300 or https://aarp.cvent.com/GovForum2016

October 12th, 2016

11:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Community Room at the Vermont Department of Health in Bennington. Bennington County Candidates Forum, Bennington Building Bright Futures Regional Council. Contact: Robin Stromgren at rstromgren@buildingbrightfutures.org

October 13th, 2016

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at our 138th Annual Meeting at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. The candidates include, Bill Lee (Liberty Union), Sue Minter (Democrat) and Phil Scott (Republican). Each candidate will give a brief presentation about issues affecting the justice system, and then will field questions from the audience. Come meet the candidates, and ask them your questions about issues relating to our justice system in Vermont. Check the VBA website often for updates on the event at www.vtbar.org and click HERE to register for the annual meeting.

October 14th, 2016

8:00 am – 9:30 am in the Milne Room at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Washington County Candidates Forum, Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Regional Council. Contact: Becky Raymond at braymond@buildingbrightfutures.org

October 14th, 2016

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center. This event is part of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC)’s Annual Conference and the discussion is free and open to the public. VAEYC and Let’s Grow Kids will be asking Sue Minter and Phil Scott questions in three categories. Click here by September 23rd to submit your questions for their consideration on child and family policies, economic development and early childhood, and the state budget.

October 17th, 2016

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the AHS Conference Room at the Vermont Department of Health in St Johnsbury. Caledonia/Southern Essex Candidates Forum, Caledonia/Southern Essex Building Bright Futures Regional Council. Contact: Dawn Powers at dpowers@buildingbrightfutures.org

October 17th, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm The candidates for governor join moderator Cathy Resmer of Seven Days for a roundtable discussion sponsored by Seven Days, Vermont PBS, BTV Ignite, the Vermont Technology Alliance and The Main Street Landing Black Box.

The conversation will be focused on public-policy priorities identified by the Vermont Technology Alliance:
* Positioning Vermont: Incorporating innovation and tech into the Vermont story
* Addressing Infrastructure: This includes access to broadband, expanding a support ecosystem for entrepreneurs, and training students for 21st century jobs
* Examining policies and legislation that affect tech businesses in Vermont

We need your help! Do you have questions for the candidates? What would you like to know? Is there something you want them to know or address? We’ll be crowd sourcing questions in advance on Twitter using the hashtag #innov802, and will ask the candidates to respond to a few video questions from Vermonters.

Submit your short video questions — 90 seconds or less addressing the topic areas above — through this online form. We need them by Thursday, October 6. We will choose a few to air during the discussion, which will be live-streamed online and broadcast live on Vermont PBS.

The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Light hors d’oeuvres will be available in the lobby.

October 17th, 2016

12:00 pm. Live on air and on vermontpbs.org/live. Roundtable on Tech, Innovation and Vermont’s Economy with the Candidates for Governor.

October 17th, 2016

5:25 pm Incumbent Peter Welch, Democrat, and challenger Emily Clawson, Liberty Union, will be featured in a forum moderated by Anne Galloway. VTDigger and Channel 17/Town Meeting TV present two forums next week for candidates running to represent Vermont in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. These will be livecast by Channel 17 and may be viewed online here. Live calls to the candidates may be made by calling (802) 862-3966.

October 18th, 2016

5:25 pm Challengers Peter Diamondstone, Liberty Union, Cris Ericson, U.S. Marijuana Party, Scott Milne, Republican, and Jerry Trudell, independent, and incumbent Patrick Leahy, Democrat, will be featured in a forum moderated by Mark Johnson. This event will also be livestreamed on C-SPAN. Click here to watch this live forum. VTDigger and Channel 17/Town Meeting TV present two forums next week for candidates running to represent Vermont in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. These will be livecast by Channel 17 and may be viewed online here. Live calls to the candidates may be made by calling (802) 862-3966.

October 19th, 2016

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Live Coverage of the Third Presidential Debate.

October 20th, 2016

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Live on air and on vermontpbs.org/live. Candidates for US House.

October 23rd, 2016

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm at St. Michael’s College. The debates will be livestreamed and telecast live on Channel 17/Town Meeting TV. The link is http://www.Ch17.tv. Candidates for attorney general: Republican Deborah “Deb” Bucknam of Walden; Democrat T.J. Donovan of South Burlington; and Rosemarie Jackowski of Bennington. Questioners and moderators will come from members of the Vermont Press Association. The VPA, which represents the interests of the 11 daily and four dozen non-daily printed newspapers circulating in Vermont, has headquarters at St. Michael’s College.

Questions also will be solicited from the public attending the debates.

Following the event, copies of each debate will be shared for rebroadcast on various cable TV systems throughout Vermont in the coming weeks.

October 23rd, 2016

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm at St. Michael’s College. The debates will be livestreamed and telecast live on Channel 17/Town Meeting TV. The link is http://www.Ch17.tv. Candidates for governor: Liberty Union Bill “Spaceman” Lee of Craftsbury; Democrat Sue Minter of Waterbury; and Republican Phil Scott of Berlin. Questioners and moderators will come from members of the Vermont Press Association. The VPA, which represents the interests of the 11 daily and four dozen non-daily printed newspapers circulating in Vermont, has headquarters at St. Michael’s College.

Questions also will be solicited from the public attending the debates.

Following the event, copies of each debate will be shared for rebroadcast on various cable TV systems throughout Vermont in the coming weeks.

October 23rd, 2016

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm at St. Michael’s College. The debates will be livestreamed and telecast live on Channel 17/Town Meeting TV. The link is http://www.Ch17.tv.Candidates for lieutenant governor: Republican Randy Brock of Swanton; Liberty Union Boots Wardinski of Newbury; and Progressive/Democratic David Zuckerman of Hinesburg. Questioners and moderators will come from members of the Vermont Press Association. The VPA, which represents the interests of the 11 daily and four dozen non-daily printed newspapers circulating in Vermont, has headquarters at St. Michael’s College.

Questions also will be solicited from the public attending the debates.

Following the event, copies of each debate will be shared for rebroadcast on various cable TV systems throughout Vermont in the coming weeks.

October 24th, 2016

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at American Legion 32 Linden St, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Gubernatorial candidates former Sec. Sue Minter (D) and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) will both attend the event and will discuss their economic development plans. Other statewide candidates attending the event include Deborah Bucknam (R) and TJ Donovan (D), candidates for Attorney General. The evening will conclude with a business-networking event featuring a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Free for members of either organization, and for state and elected officials/candidates; $10 for nonmembers. Register here.

October 25th, 2016

6:00 pm at the Capitol plaza Montpelier. Please join VTDigger in Montpelier for a debate between Randy Brock and David Zuckerman, candidates for Vermont’s next lieutenant governor. The event will be moderated by Mark Johnson, senior editor and reporter at VTDigger. This event is free and open to the public. The debate will be in the Montpelier Room of Capitol Plaza and will be followed by social hour with cash bar. Click here to submit your question for the candidates. RSVP here.

October 25th, 2016

12:00 pm VPR. Attorney General: Deb Bucknam (R) and TJ Donovan (D)
You may submit your questions for the VPR debates by:

1. Record your question on your smartphone’s voice memo app and send it to vermontedition@vpr.net.
2. Online Form here.

October 26th, 2016

12:00 pm VPR. State Treasurer: Beth Pearce (D/R) and Don Schramm (P)
You may submit your questions for the VPR debates by:

1. Record your question on your smartphone’s voice memo app and send it to vermontedition@vpr.net.
2. Online Form here.

October 27th, 2016

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Live on air and on vermontpbs.org/live. Candidates for US Senate.

October 27th, 2016

12:00 pm VPR. Auditor of Accounts: Dan Feliciano (R) and Doug Hoffer (D/P)
You may submit your questions for the VPR debates by:

1. Record your question on your smartphone’s voice memo app and send it to vermontedition@vpr.net.
2. Online Form here.

November 1st, 2016

12:00 pm VPR. Lieutenant Governor: Randy Brock (R) and David Zuckerman (P/D)
You may submit your questions for the VPR debates by:

1. Record your question on your smartphone’s voice memo app and send it to vermontedition@vpr.net.
2. Online Form here.

November 2nd, 2016

12:00 pm VPR. U.S. Senator: Patrick Leahy (D) and Scott Milne (R)
You may submit your questions for the VPR debates by:

1. Record your question on your smartphone’s voice memo app and send it to vermontedition@vpr.net.
2. Online Form here.

November 3rd, 2016

12:00 pm VPR. Governor: Bill Lee (LU), Sue Minter (D) and Phil Scott (R)
You may submit your questions for the VPR debates by:

1. Record your question on your smartphone’s voice memo app and send it to vermontedition@vpr.net.
2. Online Form here.

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