- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s outgoing Democratic governor and the Republican governor-elect say at this time of national discord, Vermont can be a leader by presenting a united voice urging compassion, commitment to community and fierce dedication to equal rights and justice.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Gov.-elect Phil Scott released the statement Thursday in response to concerns from Vermonters following the presidential election of Republican Donald Trump and recent events across the state.

Shumlin’s office says it has heard from many Vermonters, including refugee groups, immigration groups and schools who are concerned about bias and immigration action under a Trump presidency.

Shumlin and Scott say Vermont has a history of being first to stand up for equality, inclusiveness and tolerance and will continue to do so.

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