(The following story was originally posted in the Burlington Free Press.)
MONTPELIER – Former state Rep. Dean Corren, a Progressive from Burlington, announced Wednesday that he is running for lieutenant governor in this year’s election.
Corren’s candidacy further populates a field that already includes Republican incumbent Phil Scott of Berlin, Democrat John Bauer of Jeffersonville and Liberty Union candidate Marina Brown of Charleston.
Corren said he would use the office of lieutenant governor to help advance single-payer health care in Vermont. Corren was involved in crafting a bill that sought to create a government-funded universal health coverage system in 1993. Now, he said, with Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin behind it, the issue is prime for passage.