elections

07/30/2020
David Zuckerman is the best person for the job of Governor. David has a great understanding of the workings of government due to his nearly 20 years of service as a representative, senator and as our current Lt. Governor. He is a farmer, so understands the agricultural nature of our state and what it is like to run a small business. David truly understands the needs of working families in Vermont and he is committed to the needs of working people in Vermont. As the director of a nonprofit that works with families, I know that David Zuckerman is the Governor we need to support working families...
07/30/2020
If you drive by my house, you’ll note that a Black Lives Matter sign is front and center, flanked by signs promoting two Daves: Zuckerman for Governor and Silberman for High Bailiff. Dave Zuckerman deserves our vote for Governor not just because of his strong performance in the role of Lt. Governor, but because his plans for Vermont combine vision and action. He lives and breathes commitment to the economic, mental, and physical well-being of all Vermonters, and to the future of our beautiful state. Though I was plenty convinced by my own observation and research, I appreciate that Lt. Gov....
07/30/2020
We first met Mari when she was canvasing our neighborhood during her first run for the legislature and immediately formed a bond because of our mutual and passionate concerns for the environment and social justice. Right from the beginning Mari impressed, even amazed us, with her background, her vocation, her energy, and her work for the common good. Graduating with a degree in Natural Resources, Management and Policy, she has applied that experience to her advocacy for the environment and mitigation of the impacts of climate change.  This last summer she traversed the state advocating for...

LT. GOV. DAVID ZUCKERMAN, who is running for governor in the Democratic Primary, has a long history in state government representing both the Democratic and Progressive parties. In his campaign he is pushing the idea that incumbent Gov. Scott is not proactive enough. Independent photos/John S. McCright
07/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman was still an undergraduate student at the University of Vermont in 1995 when he made his first bid for a seat in the Chittenden 3-4 Vermont House district. He fell around 60 votes short at the time, but broke through two years later. And now he hopes to continue his political ascent, to the governor’s office. Zuckerman, a 48-year-old Hinesburg Democrat, has long been involved in state politics. Inspired by then-U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Zuckerman joined the House in 1997, serving six terms (until 2010). He then won election to the state...
07/23/2020
The most hotly contested statewide election in Vermont this year is the race for lieutenant governor. Among four strong Democratic candidates, I am proudly endorsing Sen. Debbie Ingram for lieutenant governor. Debbie has the skills, temperament and experience to most effectively do the job of lieutenant governor. She has put in the hard work of serving as an elected official at the local and state level with integrity and grace. As the executive director of Vermont Interfaith Action, Debbie has led a statewide organization that brings diverse people together to advocate for just public...
07/16/2020
What makes Molly Gray such an appealing candidate for lieutenant governor is the freshness of her voice, her energetic enthusiasm, a determined drive and her unabashed love of the state. As a political novice but entrenched in the duties of upholding Vermont’s laws, she comes from outside the inner circles of the Legislature or any gubernatorial administration, and offers the hope and aspirations of those seeking positive change with new voices in the room. “If we have the same people at the table, we get the same outcomes,” she said in an editorial board meeting with the Addison Independent...
07/16/2020
As of Monday afternoon, almost 82,000 Vermont voters had already requested a mail ballot for the Aug. 11 primary election. With nearly a month to go until the primary, mail ballot turnout this year could well exceed the 119,000 who voted by mail and in person in Aug. 2016, the last time the governor was not running for re-election and there were competitive primaries in both the Democratic and Republican parties. With both the Secretary of State’s Office and municipal clerks encouraging voters to request early ballots, a very high proportion of this year’s primary ballots are expected to be...
07/16/2020
Having moved to Vermont from New York City a year ago, one of my favorite changes (from a long list) has been the more personal connection to my local community provided by the Addison County Independent and local government. I feel that my representatives in Montpelier, and the devoted citizens running my town both have a much better and more personal understanding of local needs than when I lived in New York. This feeling comes to me via the Front Porch Forum, the Saturday meetings at the library, town emails, and especially the Independent. The recent articles examining each of the local...
07/16/2020
Molly Gray is the candidate for Lieutenant Governor with the strongest personal and professional qualifications. She grew up on a Vermont farm, worked in Washington, D.C., in the office of Rep. Peter Welch, and has had a number of assignments internationally, working on humanitarian and human rights issues. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Molly got a law degree from Vermont Law School, did her clerkship in Vermont’s Second Circuit Court in Rutland, and now serves as an Assistant Attorney General in Chittenden County. Molly’s platform calls for social, racial and economic justice, a...

TIM ASHE
07/09/2020
BRISTOL — Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe has spent the past four years collecting and reviewing each of 30 state senators’ individual visions for the future of the state, and then coalescing them into legislative priorities he hopes can deliver better health care, more affordable housing and a more effective public education system. Next year, Ashe, a 43-year-old Burlington Democrat, hopes to infuse more of his own ideas into how the state is run — as Vermont’s next lieutenant governor. But Ashe will first have to prevail in two upcoming elections, as there are many takers for a...

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