Three of the candidates to become the next leader of the Vermont National Guard have decades of military service. The fourth isn’t a guard member and is running to oppose the possibility the Air Force could send the F-35 fighter plane to Vermont.
The secret-ballot election is set for Thursday.
The candidates want to succeed Maj. Gen. Thomas Drew, who became interim adjutant general last summer after his predecessor left Vermont.
Air Guard Brig. Gen. Steven Cray of Essex Junction; Col. Darryl Ducharme; retired Col. Michael J. Bullock of Hinesburg; and James Marc Leas are all running for the position. Leas, who isn’t a guard member, is running to oppose the possibility the Air Force could send the F-35 fighter plane to Burlington.
Drew chose not to seek re-election.