State Sen Kesha Ram Hinsdale said Thursday that she will seek the Democratic nomination to replace Vermont Rep. Peter Welch.

Ram Hinsdale, 35, is the third candidate to enter the race, joining Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray. Welch is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Patrick Leahy, who announced his retirement in December.

“I’m running for Congress to be Vermont’s fighter for working families, our democracy, and our climate. I will bring the Vermont Way to Washington, uplifting the voices of the people above corporate interests and right wing extremists who are threatening our health, our planet, and our fundamental rights,” Ram Hinsdale said on her campaign website. “Now is the time to dream and deliver, to advance a bold vision for our multicultural democracy while building a responsive government that meets the everyday needs of Vermonters.

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