Politicians Use Northfield Labor Day Parade for Campaigning

Published 09/01 2014 05:07PM

Updated 09/01 2014 05:26PM

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Bagpipers were tuning up Monday before the Northfield Labor Day Parade kicked off, much the same as Vermont politicians.

Incumbent Peter Shumlin and challenger Scott Milne both marched in the parade even though traditionally only sitting office holders have been allowed to march.

But both were looking for the right note that will swing voters their way November 4th. Here’s what both said their top issues were.

“Rising property taxes, continuing struggles to pay for healthcare. Healthcare continues to be unaffordable for too many and jobs,” Shumlin said.

“Jobs. That's issue number one. Second is figuring out how to fix this healthcare mess. And figuring out how to move forward with an economy that’s growing at about the same rate as the state government so taxes don’t continue to rise,” Milne said.

Both candidates are reading from the same page but their policies vary. Vermonters here listed similar issues that will end up driving their vote.

It was tough to gauge who had more support at the event. There wasn’t much applause for Peter Shumlin or Scott Milne when they walked by the announcer’s stand. One reason might be, as many told us, people just don't want to see politicians campaigning at the parade. But we still did find some support for both.

“Single payer coverage is probably the best option and I can't see going back to what we had before,” Dwayne Brees said, lending his support to Governor Shumlin.

Walter Wells made his opinion clear when he sought out Scott Milne to shake his hand.

“He's got my vote, my wife's vote and I hope the rest of my family,” Wells said.

“We need somebody in there who’s going to work for the people.”

“I think the wind is at our back and this is the year we're really going to make a change,” Milne said.

“The only poll that I really care about is the one on November 4th,” Shumlin said.

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