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Brad in the Burlington Free Press

By April McCullum, Free Press Staff Writer

 

Brad Peacock, of Shaftsbury, is an organic vegetable farmer running for Senate in response to what he says is “the erosion of truth and decency” in politics.

Peacock, an independent, respects Sanders but argues he is more focused on the national stage than on Vermont. Then there’s the question of the 2020 presidential race.

“I think Vermont deserves a six-year senator,” Peacock said.

Peacock said he joined the U.S. Air Force at 18 years old, but was discharged under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about a year later because he came out as gay.

He returned to Shaftsbury and was moved by the kindness of his neighbors. “I truly do credit my community for saving my life,” Peacock said, now 37 years old and married.

 Peacock’s campaign platform includes re-entering the Paris climate accord and taking other actions to address climate change, which he sees firsthand as a farmer.

He also wants to tackle student loan debt through capping interest rates or allowing people to refinance their loans. As the nation debates responses to gun violence, Peacock says he supports universal background checks, stopping the sales of “assault rifles,” and letting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conduct research on firearms.

Peacock says he chose the U.S. Senate because he wants to get his message out.

“Going up against Bernie Sanders is not the easiest thing in this state,” Peacock said.

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