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Emily Peyton in Vermont: One candidate, two offices
By Lauren Rodgers
BURLINGTON, Vermont: Emily Peyton is collecting signatures to run as an Independent candidate for Governor of Vermont in the 2012 election. She is running, as she did in 2010, to "educate Vermonters about the crucial role of public banking, and industrial hemp to restore balance and harmony in Vermont, economically and environmentally." She plans to use her presence in the race to increase public awareness and support for acquiring new Vermont policies to support these two foundational values.
She is also running for Bernie Sanders' seat in the U.S. Senate - and for the same reasons. Peyton writes "it's my purpose to advise Sanders to craft a bill for a constitutional amendment that calls for democratic participation in our monetary system as a guaranteed personal right." Unlike many politicians, though, she is not in it to win it. To the contrary, she explains "I don't need to win because I prefer leadership where we are all leaders, where we are all equal."
You may remember last year, when Shawn O'Hara tried to run simultaneous campaign for two offices in Mississippi: governor and treasurer, but was removed from the gubernatorial race by the Mississippi State Board of Elections, citing a law that stipulates candidates for multiple offices can only run in the race for which they filed most recently.
Such is not the case in Vermont. Section 54 of the state constitution states: "No person in this State shall be capable of holding or exercising more than one of the following offices at the same time: Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Justice of the Supreme Court, Treasurer of the State, member of the Senate, member of the House of Representatives, Surveyor-General, or Sheriff…" but does not prevent an individual from seeking both the governorship and a seat in the U.S. Congress.