Republican Meg Hansen enters race for Vermont lieutenant governor

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MANCHESTER — A Republican from Southern Vermont has announced her run for lieutenant governor.

Meg Hansen, host of the YCN show, “Dialogues with Meg Hansen,” is looking to unseat David Zuckerman, a Progressive/Democrat who has served at lieutenant governor since 2017.

The 34-year-old Manchester resident announced her campaign on Tuesday morning.

Steven Kenney, CFO of Central Vermont Medical Center, will serve as the treasurer of the campaign, which Hansen reports has already raised $35,000 from early donors.

Hansen said a key priority will be making Vermont a “pro-freedom” state.

She plans to center the campaign largely around changing the state’s health care policies.

Hansen has spoken out against OneCare and the all-payer model, which she called an example of a “shocking lack of accountability to the public from politicians and bureaucrats when they botch programs and waste taxpayer monies.”

Hansen was born in India and has lived in Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Norway, according to her campaign announcement.

She has a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College and an MBBS (British) medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in India.

She has also studied fashion at Polimoda Fashion School in Florence, Italy.

Hansen said she went to medical school in part because her parents were both doctors, and she felt like that was her legacy, but soon after graduating, realized that her passion was actually for writing and communications.

For the past several years, that’s been her professional realm.

Hansen has led a small communications firm, Pierson A. Harleth Co., and a small health care think tank, Vermonters for Health Care Freedom.

Now, she is temporarily living in Manchester, where her husband is working as a librarian, though she said Windsor and the Upper Valley is her true home.

To connect with the candidate through Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/HansenForVermont/