MANCHESTER >> The Bennington County Democrat and Republican Committees are sponsoring a forum in which all five announced gubernatorial candidates will have a chance to discuss the problems and opportunities facing the next Governor of Vermont.
All five candidates are visiting Southern Vermont for this event. Questions will come from the County Committees and from the audience.
Important subjects expected to be addressed include: The way forward after Act 46, the school consolidation bill, solutions for health care, approaches to the opiate addiction crisis, energy policy, keeping the growth of the state budget consistent with growth of the Vermont economy and Means of growing the state economy to provide jobs and keep our young people from having to leave the state.
A lively interchange of ideas can be anticipated. After a candidate answers a question the other four will have a brief opportunity to either amplify or disagree with their answer. The audience will have ample opportunity to ask different questions or seek more detailed information.
Vermonters are concerned about the future direction of state government and would like to be as well informed as possible before voting in the primary election on Aug. 9 and the general election on Nov. 8. This forum to be held on June 9 at the Riley Center at Burr and Burton starting at 6:30 p.m. is an opportunity for voters to discuss the issues directly with the candidates.