Four Republican candidates for statewide office took to the front of the room to share their story to a crowd of sixty at the Rutland County Republicans “Pasta & Politics dinner” Thursday, March 24. Each face a primary challenge.
State Republican Committee Chairman Paul Dame was the guest speaker to discuss his vision for the State GOP in this upcoming election cycle. Dame, elected in November, said that he is working hard and meeting with many people around the state. Dame said he takes calls late in the evening, and he sends out emails in the middle of the night. Dame said that we have a great opportunity to win many elections across the state this year and some statewide offices.
Of the four candidates, the first to speak was the former U.S. Attorney for Vermont Christina Nolan, who is running for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT). Nolan introduced herself to the crowd as a 3rd generation Vermonter and lifelong Republican who has prosecuted drug and gun violators and sued a pharmaceutical giant during her term in office. Nominated by President Trump, and supported by Sen. Leahy and Governor Phil Scott, she won a unanimous approval by the US Senate. Her likely opponent, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), spoke at her swearing in ceremony.
Nolan said she will continue her work in DC, especially in protecting Vermonters, with solid public safety enforcement; saying “it’s government’s most important job”. Nolan shared her website www.ChristinaNolanForUSSenate.com
Next up, her primary election opponent Gerald Malloy, a twenty-two year Army Veteran and West Point graduate holding various military degrees and an MBA. Malloy is new to the race, announcing his campaign this past Thursday. Malloy shared his resume and experience as a military officer. He also talked about some of his priorities in the US Senate. Malloy wants to work to bring civility to the US Senate and to help every American and businesses to flourish. He said that he has some ideas that could benefit all Vermonter, but did not expand on them. You can reach Malloy at www.GeraldMalloyForUSSenateVermont.com
Ericka Redic is a US House candidate from Burlington. A lifelong Vermonter raised in Milton, Redic talked about who she is and exhibited a lot of energy and excitement for the position. She introduced her husband Benjamin. Redic hosts a weekly podcast “Generally Irritable with Ericka Redic”. She has been active in the State working with at-risk youth and she works with women in recovery from substance abuse, together with her husband.
Redic is an accountant by trade. Public Safety is a priority for her. She wants to work on reducing Vermonter’s tax obligations and the high cost of living structure that is hurting every Vermont citizen. You can reach Redic at www.ErickaRedic.com. Anya Tynio of Island Pond is also a GOP candidate for Congress.
The last speaker; Gregory Thayer of Rutland, a former City Alderman and Accountant. Thayer said he is seeking the Lieutenant Governor’s office because he became highly concerned with the direction of the State. He said that he hosted six Critical Race Theory Townhalls around Vermont, and is currently hosting Americanism & Marxism symposiums.
Thayer said he is working to educate Vermonters about real US history with a pro-human approach with truth and respect. His legislative priorities are Public Safety, Parent Involvement in education and the VT & US Constitutions. Thayer wants to defeat Prop 5/Article 22. He mentioned that the current Democrat leadership is enacting nonsense laws that already have protections. You can reach him at www.ThayerForVermont.org. Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) also is seeking the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.
Visit the above websites, as well as www.VTGOP.org to learn more about Republicans around Vermont. Here in Rutland visit; www.RutlandGOP.org for county GOP happenings. Learn about Prop5/Article 22 at www.VermontersForGoodGoverment.org for information to defeat this DC special interest push.