Candidates

Progressives are working hard this year to increase our numbers in the Vermont Statehouse, while protecting our statewide ballot. Please get involved in one of the campaigns taking place near you. Progressives campaigns are fueled by volunteers, not by corporate donations. Any of our candidates would be happy to have you help then on the doors, in the streets, or at their campaign headquarters.

Sen. Leahy Endorses Dean Corren for Lt. Gov

Dean Corren Endorsed by US Senator Patrick Leahy

BURLINGTON, VT – In a year when voter turnout could be low candidates for statewide office are pushing every advantage possible. Endorsements are no exception and Dean Corren, who is running for Lt. Governor and a Progressive/Democrat, just landed a big one.

Senator Patrick Leahy has leant his support to the top two Democrats for state office, saying, “Peter Shumlin and Dean Corren have the experience and vision to lead Vermont.  I support their commitment to Vermont's families as they work to protect our environment in the face of a changing climate and ensure Vermonters receive safe, affordable health care.”

Corren, a former four-term legislator from Burlington is in his first race for statewide office. Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch have both already endorsed Corren.  Sanders is in Corren’s latest television ad saying, “Make the right choice for Lt. Governor: I’m voting for Dean Corren.”  In that ad, he joins former Governot Madeleine Kunin, VDP Chair Dottie Deans, and a group of other women leaders of Vermont.  Early in the campaign Governor Peter Shumlin decided to back Corren.

In his professional work, Corren is a clean energy expert who has the backing of the Sierra Club, Vermont Conservation Voters and renowned environmental activist Bill McKibben.  He also enjoys support from all of the state’s major labor unions as well as the Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund PAC.

“Certainly, having earned the support from all three members of our Congressional delegation is an terrific boost,” said Corren.  “These endorsements send a clear message that my values and positions are far more closely in sync with our fellow Vermonters.  I look forward to working alongside them as Lt. Governor.  We have many challenges to address and it will help to have a Lt. Governor with a close working relationship to our delegation in Washington.”

Visit www.deancorren.com for more information about the Corren campaign, including how you can help. 

 

Progressive Candidates - 2014 Elections

Below are a list of candidates running on the Progressive ticket for the 2014 election cycle.

 

Statewide:

    • Dean Corren, Lt. Governor (Progressive)
    • Doug Hoffer, Auditor (Democrat/Progressive)
    • Don Schramm, Treasurer (Progressive)
    • Ben Eastwood, Secretary of State (Progressive)

Senate:

House of Representatives:

For more information about candidates, contact VPP Elections Director, Kelly Mangan at kelly[at]progressiveparty.org.

 

2012 Candidates

Progressives are working hard this year to increase our numbers in the Vermont Statehouse, while protecting our statewide ballot. Please get involved in one of the campaigns taking place near you. Any of our candidates would be happy to have you help then on the doors, in the streets, or at their campaign headquarters. Progressives campaigns are fueled by volunteers, not by corporate donations. Contact any campaign directly if you would like to make a donation toward printing, mailing, or lawn sign costs. You can also make a donation directly to the party and we'll see to it that every campaign gets the support it needs.

Ed Stanak for Attorney General

Ed Stanak came to Vermont has lived in Vermont for the last 40 years and recently retired from his state position, of 31 years, as the District 5 Coordinator for Act 250. An avid community organizer and leader, Stanak has led grassroots efforts to unite community members together on a wide range of legal and public causes such as: labor rights, environmental protection, anti-nuclear power, anti-war, and LGBTQ rights. A former Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) union President and Ed has been an activist in many grassroots social, economic, and environmental justice efforts.

Ed is running for Vermont Attorney General to bring the issues of economic justice, regulation on corporations, and and justice for the 99% to the forefront of the legal priorities for the state. He is running against incumbent Attorney General Bill Sorrell (D) and Republican Jack McMullen (R). You can follow Ed's campaign on the web, facebook, or twitter.

Cassandra Gekas for Lieutenant Governor

Cass Gekas brings a background of work in domestic violence, childhood hunger, public transportation and access to healthcare to her first bid for statewide office.

During the last legislative session she was a policy advocate for VPIRG, playing a key role in the passage of the health care bill that has set Vermont on the road to a single-payer system of universal care.

Cass brings a commitment to social justice and a voice rarely heard in statewide races.

Doug Hoffer for Auditor of Accounts

Doug Hoffer of Burlington is making his second bid for the position of Auditor of Accounts. Doug has several decades of economic developemnt and policy analysis experience, including several years working in the Auditor's office in the 90s.

Since that time, he has provided policy guidance for Legislators dealing with economic development and related tax policies, the livable wage, and the benefits of greater in-state purchasing.

Doug is a numbers guy, and will be an aggressive advocate for Vermonters, working to ensure that not only are our taxpayer dollars being spent legally, but that they are spent wisely.

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