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Vermont Primary Election 2022 recap: Where the candidates stand on guns, abortion, climate & more

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"Vermont Edition" hosts Connor Cyrus and Mikaela Lefrak discuss where the Democratic and Republican candidates stand on issues like climate, inflation, guns and more after a series of primary debates featuring those running for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

This month, VPR-Vermont PBS is airing debates for statewide and federal offices ahead of the state’s Aug. 9 primary. This hour, Vermont Edition hosts Connor Cyrus and Mikaela Lefrak reflect on where the candidates for U.S. House and U.S. Senate stand on issues like guns, abortion, climate and more.

Lefrak has moderated the debates for Vermont's only seat in the U.S House of Representatives, featuring three Republican candidates—Burlington’s Ericka Redic, Rockingham's Liam Madden and West Charleston’s Anya Tynio—as well as the Democrats vying for that post—State Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint, Sianay Chase Clifford, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray and Dr. Louis Meyers.

Cyrus has moderated the primary debates for the Senate, with Republican candidates including U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont, Christina Nolan, Myers Mermel of Manchester and Gerald Malloy of Weathersfield, as well as the Democratic candidates for that office, including Rep. Peter Welch, Warren physician Niki Thran and Brattleboro’s Isaac Evans-Frantz.

Broadcast on Tuesday, June 14, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Connor Cyrus joined VPR as host and senior producer in March 2021. Formerly a reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, he's passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Mikaela Lefrak joined VPR in summer 2021 as co-host and senior producer of 'Vermont Edition'. Prior to that, she was a reporter and host at WAMU in Washington, D.C.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined VPR in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.