A woman who got her first big break in politics from Bernie Sanders is the first woman of color to run for statewide office in Vermont.
Kesha Ram, 29, is the daughter of a father from India and a Jewish American mother. She was elected to the Vermont state House of Representatives at the age of 22 and is now running for Lieutenant Governor as a Democrat.
She ranks early education, higher education, high speed broadband access and affordable housing as high priorities which she feels can help stimulate the economy.
We need to invest in the things we know grow our economy at the same time we’re getting some foundation under Vermonters,” she said to the Deerfield Valley News.
“The lieutenant governor can be the ‘connector-in-chief,’ building solutions and bringing folks together to help advance the agenda.”
She thinks the state should explore Bernie Sanders idea of free public college education on its own as an investment in young people.
Sanders invited her to introduce both him and President Obama during Sanders first run at the Senate, a moment which she says helped shape her political career.
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