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The 2020 election grows closer by the day and the race for governor of Vermont is among those up for grabs on Nov. 3.

Eight Vermonters have stepped forward in a bid to hold the state's highest office, including the incumbent governor, Republican Phil Scott, who is seeking a third two-year term.

Vermont held its primary election on Aug. 11 and candidates had until Aug. 21 to choose to be listed as an independent candidate or an organized party candidate on the November ballot.

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Below is a round-up of everyone listed as a gubernatorial candidate in the general election, according to Vermont's Secretary of State as of Sept. 9: 

Wayne Billado III (Independent)

Hometown: St. Albans

About: The parts analyst is also running for lieutenant governor, state senator and state representative from Franklin County.

Michael A. Devost (Independent)

Hometown: Newport

About: A housekeeper at Jay Peak Resort, according to election disclosure forms.

Website: None.

Charly Dickerson (Unaffiliated)

Hometown: Montpelier

About: The retired public administrator is a longtime resident of Montpelier and serves as a member of the Vermont Veterans' Home board of trustees.

Website: None.

Kevin Hoyt (Independent)

Hometown: Bennington

About: Television show host, hunter and gun rights activist. Ran unsuccessfully in 2018 as a Republican to represent Bennington in the House of Representatives.

Emily Peyton (Truth Matters)

Hometown: Putney

About: Peyton has run as an independent candidate for Governor several times; received 1.65% of the vote as a candidate in the 2020 Republican primary.

Phil Scott (Republican)

Hometown: Berlin

About: First elected governor in 2016 and now seeking a third term; previously served as lieutenant governor for six years and a Washington County state senator for 10 years. Received 73.1% of votes in the Republican primary.

Erynn Hazlett Whitney (Independent)

Hometown: Arlington

About: An 11-year member of the Vermont National Guard, she has resigned from her active-duty position to run for governor.

David Zuckerman (Progressive/Democrat)

Hometown: Hinesburg

About: Won the party endorsements as a Progressive (29%) and Democrat (44%) in the primary election. Lieutenant governor since January 2017, organic vegetable farmer at Full Moon Farm in Hinesburg, former state senator.

This page will be updated.

Contact Austin Danforth at 651-4851 or Follow him on Twitter at @eadanforth.

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