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Why former U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan wants to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate

U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan stands at a podium outside.
Liam Elder-Connors
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Republican Christina Nolan (seen here in a 2019 photo when she was U.S. attorney for Vermont) will seek the U.S. Senate seat opening with the planned retirement of Sen. Patrick Leahy. This hour, we talk with Nolan about her experience and what her goals would be in Washington.

Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont Christina Nolan is running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican, seeking the seat set to be vacated by Sen. Patrick Leahy, who announced he would not seek re-election.

Nolan faces Democrat and current U.S. House Rep. Peter Welch as the only other declared candidate in the race for the job.

Nolan told Vermont Edition her platform is based on three goals aimed at helping Vermonters: supporting public safety, tackling the opioid crisis and addressing inflation.

She says Washington should spend to help Vermonters, not hurt them.

"When you start spending too much, you see that the result is inflation, and that hurts Vermonters," she said.

With rising gas and energy costs, along with inflation, she said she supports Congressional action around fuel taxes.

"One thing we could look at doing right now, and one that I would support, is a gas tax holiday, both at the federal and state level. I think that would have the effect of relieving a lot of pressure at the pump."

The federal gas tax is 18.3 cents per gallon. Vermont's is 30 cents per gallon.

Listen to the full interview to hear Nolan discuss issues related to crime, opioids, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and more.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Matt Smith worked for Vermont Public from 2017 to 2023 as managing editor and senior producer of Vermont Edition.