- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s new lieutenant governor says the state should remain a beacon of civility in a nation that many worry is descending into an era of mistrust and divisiveness following the November election.

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, a Progressive and Democrat, was sworn into office Thursday at the Statehouse in Montpelier. He succeeds Republican Phil Scott, Vermont’s new governor.

In a brief speech in the Senate chamber after he was sworn in by Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson, Zuckerman said many people he has spoken with since the November election say they fear for the future of American democracy.

He says Vermont can be an example of political stability and community building rather than dividing.

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