Vermont Black History Month

Randy Brock – Vietnam vet, Vermont auditor, first black candidate for governor

Randy Brock of Swanton is a state senator who served as Vermont Auditor of Accounts. He was the Republican nominee for Governor in 2012 and the nominee for Lt. Governor in 2016.

Randolph “Randy” Brock was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and made his way to Vermont to study at Middlebury College. He went on to receive a graduate degree from Yale University. He served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain and earned the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam.

He spent much of his career at Fidelity Investments where he retired as an executive vice president.

Randy was elected State Auditor in 2004 and served for two years before losing a very close election in 2006. He was elected to the State Senate in 2008 and served in that body until running unsuccessfully for governor in 2012 as the Republican nominee. He was the first African-American to run for Governor of Vermont. He received the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor in 2016, ultimately losing the general election. He returned to the State Senate in 2017 upon the resignation of a fellow lawmaker. He continues to serve in that seat at present.

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  1. And every, single, solitary democrat who chose not to vote for him back when he seeking the governorship is: (you guessed it) RACIST.

    This group and their organization were and remain racist through & through. Let it be it known throughout the state. Democrats are still intrinsically racist.

    What goes around, comes around.

  2. We can listen to the democrats wanting to “check all the boxes” in their candidates, vice president, presidential cabinet etc, but Vermont had a golden opportunity to do that years ago. We had the opportunity to elect a real class act (who happens to be Black) for Governor and Lt Gov with Randy Brock and we had the opportunity to send a woman to congress years ago with Martha Rainville. Democrats in Vermont are both racist and sexist for not taking the opportunities to elect those fine, upstanding citizens. Democrats are more interested in simply “checking boxes” and now we end up with the clown show of Harris and Buttigieg.

  3. I am happy, and proud, to say that I am in that parade photo. I’m not sure where it was because I walked in almost all of them that year. He is a good man, with a lot of integrity.

  4. Brock has been in the Golden dome to long this is why we need term limit in Vermont period folks!! Brock is a Rino Republican in name only period!!
    Time to pass a Bill and send it to the Governor! Two term limit period!!

    • Vermont Republicans should be proud and rejoicing the bills their legislators are advancing, which they indirectly voted for by running candidates that stood for something.

      Instead of being resentful, they should happily accept the new taxes, the new gun laws, and the further deterioration of our schools.

      At least we stood for something and now we stand on the steps of the Capitol peering in through the windows.

      There’s a cabal, reminiscent of Warren Jeffs, masquerading as “True Republicans” that is blurring the line between Right Wing Republican Zealots and Bigots.

      Do you believe Cabal candidates stand a chance?

      Primaries and Elections have consequences.

  5. Unfortunately, many of our Vermont republicans vote democrat on too many occasions. However, the dem/prog hive mind does not allow the reverse. You rarely if ever see democrats or progressives vote for anything republican. Republicans will never learn this lesson under the uniparty golden doom. I agree with Bert, it’s past due time for term limits, but they will never cut themselves out of the lucrative gig in Mount Stupid.

    • I’m curious as to what would be considered a “…vote for anything Republican?” The RINOS are now beyond reasoning capabilities as they vote for things like House bill 89 in order to be asked to join a committee by the supermajority. One even mentioned she is not willing to die on a hill for it. I then asked her if she is willing to die for anything else. She failed to answer me, of course. So, “…vote for anything Republican” means next-to-nothing these days.

  6. Randy remains, in my humble opinion, one of the sharpest minds in the legislature. His constituents in Franklin County know they are well represented by him, which is why they keep returning him to the Senate.

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