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.
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.
Cindy Weed of Enosburg is running to represent Enosburgh and Montgomery in the refashioned Franklin-7 district.
Cindy believes we need more common sense from our state government and that we must be willing to explore new ways of doing things in the 21st century. Cindy’s campaign is focusing on healthcare for all Vermonters, rural economic development, property tax reform, and securing our energy future.
Cindy is running in the Democratic primary, and expects to face the Republican incumbent as a Progressive/Democrat. Cindy Weed for House on facebook
Former Progressive Representative David Zuckerman is running for election in the Chittenden County Senate district. Dave represented Burlington for 14 years before stepping down in 2010 to move and grow Full Moon Farm, an organic farm co-owned with his spouse, Rachel Nevitt.
Dave has been a leader on many issues that will likely come before the Senate in the coming years. On sustainable agricultural issues, healthcare reform, labor relations, end-of-life-choice, marijuana policy, labeling of GMO foods and progressive taxation, Dave has continued to be an outspoken leader.
Dave hopes to join Tim Ashe and Anthony Pollina as the third Progressive to serve in the State Senate. Connect with him at his web site here.
Progressive Caucus Assistant leader Susan Hatch Davis has served in the House since 2006. Susan is running to return to the Statehouse for a fourth-term representing the towns of Chelsea, Corinth, Orange, Vershire, Washington, and Williamstown. Susan is vice-chair of the Legislative Information Technology Committee and also serves on the House Corrections and Institutions committee. There, she has helped shape the debate for funding projects with state bonding in the Capital Bill. She is also Co-chair of the Working Vermonters Caucus and has a long record of standing up and taking direct action in support of labor issues. Read more about Susan's campaign at her web site.
Tim Ashe, the first Progressive to win a seat in the State Senate, is running for reelection in the Chittenden County Senate district. First elected in 2008, he is currently Vice-Chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee and also serves on the Finance Committee. Tim provides a strong progressive voice in the Senate on issues such as housing, conservation, and fair taxation. Tim is one of five incumbents seeking re-election in that six-seat district. Stay current with Tim's campaign at his web site.
Mike O’Day is a sixth-generation Vermonter running for an open seat in Franklin-2, a new one-seat district covering the town of Fairfax. Mike has worked in telecommunications since 1997, now at Fairpoint, and is the District Vice-President of the Communication Workers of America Local 1400.
Mike has been a regular fixture at the Statehouse, speaking out in support of organized labor and issues impacting working Vermonters. He intends to run a high-energy, shoe-leather campaign not often seen in Franklin County.
Mike will face a Republican and a perennial Independent in November.