By Mike Eldred, Deerfield Valley News
DOVER- When Kesha Ram ran for representative in her Burlington district eight years ago, she says people underestimated her, they called her a “kitten with lipstick,” and questioned what the 21-year-old could bring to the table. They don’t underestimate her anymore.
“I’ve spent eight years in the Legislature, building consensus with conviction, and trying to solve our most challenging problems,” she says. “At the same time, I’ve been a preschool teacher, a local community advocate, and a legal adviser.”
Last month, Ram announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Vermont lieutenant governor. She says Vermont is at a pivotal point in its trajectory, and the lieutenant governorship offers an opportunity to facilitate solutions. “We need to invest in the things we know grow our economy at the same time we’re getting some foundation under Vermonters,” she says. “The lieutenant governor can be the ‘connector-in-chief,’ building solutions and bringing folks together to help advance the agenda.”