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.

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.

Katherine Sims for House: Orleans Lamoille

Katherine Sims is running in the Orleans-Lamoille district. This district was reshuffled during legislative reapportionment, and contains four of five towns that were once represented by two-term Progressive Dexter Randall.

Katherine is the Founder and Executive Director of Green Mountain Farm to School, which works to improve childhood nutrition and support Vermont farms by connecting local farms with school lunch programs. Prior to founding GMFTS, she apprenticed at several farms in northern Vermont, and lived in Westfield before moving into the home she built in Lowell.

Katherine is running in the Progressive primary and will likely face the Republican incumbent in a two-way race in November. Connect with her campaign via her web site.

Gene Bergman for House: Chittenden 6-3

Gene Bergman, former three-term City Councilor from Burlington’s Ward 2 is seeking election as a state representative for a newly created Burlington district, Chittenden 6-3. Gene has served as a Burlington Assistant City Attorney since 1998.

Gene has deep roots in the community having lived and worked there for four decades. Additionally, Gene has coached Center City Little League and Parks & Recreation soccer and basketball, gardened in the Burlington Area Community Garden program, and organized low- and middle-income families around housing and food issues.

Gene and running mate Kit Andrews are facing two Democrats and one Independent in this two-seat district.

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