Lt. Gov. Molly Gray called state Sen. Becca Balint around 8:40 p.m. Monday evening to concede the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I can say that while my disappointment is profound, so too is my gratitude for this opportunity. This was a tough race with deeply qualified candidates making their case to Vermonters,” Gray said. “If someone had told me years ago that running for Congress was something that a farm kid from Newbury could do, I wouldn’t have believed it. I look forward to continuing to serve Vermonters throughout the remainder of my term as Lt. Governor and I remain deeply thankful for the opportunity to serve this state I love so much.”
Gray announced her run for the U.S. House of Representatives on December 6, 2021.
Over the course of the campaign, Gray secured endorsements from former Vermont governors Madeleine Kunin and Howard Dean, five major unions including the VSEA, AFGE, NAGE-SEIU, SMART, and NASRCC, as well as from national organizations including Foreign Policy for America, The Next 50, and the American Association for Justice.
On July 29, retiring Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced in a statement that he had voted early for Gray.
Gray has served as Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor since January 2021. In 2020, in her first race for elected office, Gray won a competitive four-way primary before defeating a well-funded Republican opponent in the General election.
Gray will fulfill her term as Vermont’s 82nd lieutenant governor until her term ends in January 2023.