Lt. Gov Candidate Profiles: Kesha Ram

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Kesha Ram serves in the Vermont House, now she wants to be Vermont’s next Lieutenant Governor.

The Democrat is a California native who made her way east to attend UVM.

“Right away I was active, I was speaking up, I was using my voice,” says Ram.

She wasted no time after graduation. Ram has represented Burlington’s Old North End and University District in the Vermont House for 8 years.

Now she wants to be the state’s next Lieutenant Governor.

“The challenges that Vermonters are facing, particularly Vermont families, are unique right now,” says Ram.

Ram whose worked several years as a social worker, says she’s concerned about domestic and gun violence in the state.

“Our Vermont families and communities are facing a lack of safety when they walk out the door or when they think about about intruders in their homes.”

She wants to start a statewide conversation about guns and public safety.

“I agree with the majority of gun owners in Vermont that we need universal background checks as well as we need to think about how we will tackle our opiate addiction crisis, so that we can keep our communities safe.”

If elected as Vermont’s next Lieutenant Governor, she says she wants to be “Connector In Chief.”

August First Bakery in Burlington is near to her heart. The owners came to Ram when they tried to open their business.

“They came to me and said I know we didn’t elect you but we really need your help and I said of course.”

She says she worked to get the owners the variance they needed to comply with local zoning laws in order to open on time.

“Now they own the seats next door and they have a cafe and bakery at the heart of Burlington’s community and that’s the kind of work I want to do as Lieutenant Governor.”

Ram is proud of her work in the legislature, especially as the lead sponsor of a bill that expands the state’s first time homebuyer tax incentives.

“That allowed us to help put 75 families in their first home to anchor our neighborhoods and communities.”

Finding stable, affordable housing in Vermont is a challenge she’d like to continue tackling.

“When people are facing closing costs and a down payment it’s really hard for Vermonters who are living paycheck to paycheck to scrap those resources together.”

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