Republican candidates hold rally

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In Newport

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — The crowd that gathered on the Lake Memphremagog boardwalk Friday afternoon wasn’t huge — it numbered about 35 people — but to political candidates who have been kept by the corona virus from freely mingling with voters it seemed much bigger.

“I’m saddened by that because I really want to reach out and talk to people, but it’s not available to us this year,” said Meg Hansen, who seeks the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor.

She is a first-time candidate, and the restrictions on public gatherings have made it difficult to get attention, she said.

Chet Greenwood, who heads the Orleans County Republican Party Committee, organized the get-together to introduce several candidates ahead of the August 11 Primary Election.  He said he was taking advantage of the relaxation in state rules about public meetings.

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