June 9, 2010, Times Argus, Louis Porter
MONTPELIER – Anthony Pollina, a veteran of statewide campaigns, will run for the State Senate in Washington County and he will run in the Democratic primary, a surprise for an organizer and activist who has traded jabs with Democrats in the past as a Progressive.
"The party labels do become less important in the local races where personal contact is more important," Pollina said Tuesday, adding that he hopes to attract voters of all parties to his campaign. "Democrats have been more welcoming in their willingness to work together at the local level. There is an opportunity at the county level and local level to create that kind of unity."
Pollina ran as an Independent candidate for governor two years ago, coming in second just ahead of Democrat Gaye Symington. Perhaps more significant, given what office he will run for this year, Pollina received nearly 30 percent of the votes in Washington County, well ahead of Symington's 18 percent in the county.