In 2010, longtime Progressive activist Anthony Pollina became the second Progressive elected to the State Senate. He is running for reelection this year in the three-seat Washington County Senate district. Anthony has over three decades of involvement in agriculture, education, energy, and healthcare organizing in the state. He is a co-founder of Rural Vermont, former director of VPIRG, former policy advisor to Bernie Sanders, and was the Progressive candidate for Governor in 2000 and 2008.
In his first term, Anthony served on the Committee on Health and Welfare, where he helped shepherd through the state’s landmark healthcare reform bill, and on the Government Operations Committee. Anthony was a key advocate on important issues such as proper funding for autism care, buying and hiring local, and the Genuine Progress Indicator as a progressive alternative to traditional measures of economic success. Follow Anthony's campaign at his web site.