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Campaign 2018: Liberty Union Candidate Murray Ngoima 'Stands For' Lt. Governor

Bayla Metzger / VPR
Murray Ngoima is a Liberty Union Party candidate for Lt. Governor.

Ahead of November's midterm elections, VPR is featuring interviews with candidates running for statewide office. Murray Ngoima is a Liberty Union candidate for Lieutenant Governor. She’s challenging incumbent Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman.

Ngoima said candidates with the Liberty Union party don’t “run” for office.

“We’re perhaps standing for office, or offering ourselves as candidates for an office, which is different than running,” she said. “We, generally speaking, avoid the use of the military technology in the electoral process.”

Ngoima, who has “stood for” Vermont State Treasurer several times in the past, said her lieutenant governor candidacy allows her to talk about a broader range of issues. One such issue is single-payer healthcare, which she says can be funded with money currently allocated to the military budget.

“The money put into the military does not make us, as a society or as a state, any safer,” said Ngoima. “In fact, it further endangers our lives. That money is being syphoned out of the local economies, and state economies and the national economy. That money could be used otherwise.”

Ngoima, who has been active in the Liberty Union party since 1970, says a vote for her party is a vote for values not represented by the two major parties.

“I’m not tied to a platform that supports the military, which the Democratic platform does.”

Ngoima also spoke with VPR about a tax-and-regulate model for marijuana, clean water, and gun control legislation.

Listen to the interview with Ngoima above. Find VPR's Campaign 2018 coverage here.

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Bayla joined VPR in 2018 as the producer for Morning Edition. She left in 2019.
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