SWANTON — Joseph Barney is running for governor.

The 24-year-old Missisquoi Valley Union teacher is campaigning as an independent because, he said, he wants people to know an ordinary person like himself can be involved in politics.

“I’m about as normal as they come,” he said. “I drive a car with a squeaky strut whose registration expired yesterday. I want to be the face that says ‘if he can run, anyone can.’”

“There’s a lot of people who raise issues and talk fervently… and don’t do anything about it,” he said, including voting. “If someone takes issue with what’s going on in Vermont, they should take action.”

By running, Barney said he hopes to “restart the conversation about what politics is. I’m a strong believer government should be of the people as well as by the people.”

Barney is the first to admit there are issues he’s unfamiliar with. “I’m not scared to admit I don’t have all the answers and no one has all the answers,” said Barney.

“I’m open to discussion and I want to serve Vermonters,” he said. “I don’t want to serve the Republican agenda or the Democratic agenda.”


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