Democrat Brenda Siegel on making housing, drug policy the center of her bid for governor
Brenda Siegel is the Democratic nominee for governor, facing incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott in the November election. This hour, we talk with candidate Siegel about her goals for the office, and her campaign priorities around housing, drug policy, climate change and more.
Our guest is:
- Brenda Siegel, the Democratic nominee for Vermont governor in the Nov. 8 election
Siegel said she supports climate legislation that her opponent, Gov. Phil Scott, vetoed this year.
She said she thinks Gov. Scott should not have vetoed the clean heat standard, a policy that would've driven Vermont fossil fuel suppliers to provide ever-cleaner fuel for heating homes.
Siegel said, if elected, she would surround herself with climate scientists to advise her on similar bills.
"I think it's really important that this highlights the need to have climate scientists as part of your administration. It's essential if you want to meet your climate goals, then we need to make sure we have the right people advising in the administration."
Siegel said, as governor, she would prioritize helping the state meet its 2030 emission reduction goals.
She also responded to critics who focused on her lack of political experience.
While she has never held elected office before, Siegel said she's worked for years as a housing and drug policy advocate.
She added that structural barriers keep too many people from climbing the political ladder.
"I say that that ladder has rotten rungs and it's rickety. To join the legislature, it is very low pay and you would have to leave your family for a period of time. And if you're a single mom, or the only parent of your child, then it's absolutely a nonstarter."
Siegel herself is a single mother and identifies as low-income.
Listen to the full interview to hear more from candidate Brenda Siegel about how she would address the opioid epidemic, fund public safety and social services, and address education challenges in Vermont.
Broadcast live at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.