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.
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 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, 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.