elections

08/06/2020
On your upcoming Democratic Primary Ballot, you will see a line for High Bailiff. I urge you to vote for David Silberman for this office. Here’s why. Unlike police officers, under Vermont law, the Sheriff answers to no one but the voters. But there can be a lot of time between elections. So, what happens if the Sheriff is confined, incapacitated, or violates the law? Answer: The High Bailiff steps in. The High Bailiff is the civilian oversight for the Sheriff. For that role, we need someone who is not already part of the Sheriff’s Office, looking to succeed the Sheriff. We need an external...
08/06/2020
While all the candidates in the Lt. Governor’s race have made positive contributions to our public life, I will be supporting Brenda Siegel in the upcoming Democratic primary. In my mind, Brenda has shown her commitment through her life’s work and consistent advocacy for key policies that would achieve greater economic security, social justice and environmental sustainability for Vermonters. Brenda understands that even before our pandemic, it was not acceptable for almost 40% of Vermonters to be either uninsured or underinsured, struggling with out-of-pocket costs that deter them from...
07/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Ten candidates are running for lieutenant governor this year. The following is a brief introduction to the names you will see on ballots in the Aug. 11 Primary Election.  Information was culled from the candidates’ websites, and/or other online media sources. Candidates are profiled here in alphabetical order. Since Vermonters can vote in only one party’s Primary, we separated the candidates by party. DEMOCRATIC PARTY Tim Ashe, Burlington Democrat. Ashe reached out to the Independent for a sit-down interview, and a story about his candidacy can be found at addisonindependent....
07/30/2020
With 12 days still to go until Vermont’s Aug. 11 primary election, more voters have requested absentee ballots for the primary than voted both in person and by mail in the 2016 and 2018 primaries. More than 150,000 voters may end up requesting absentee ballots for the primary. I see three important questions about primary turnout. First, how many of the voters who have requested, or will request, absentee ballots will actually return them? Second, under Vermont’s open primary law, how many voters will choose to vote on each of the three party ballots that they will receive: Democratic,...
07/30/2020
I strongly endorse your editorial of July 16. Molly Gray has the commitment, the integrity, the experience and the intellectual curiosity to justify making her our next lieutenant governor. As a farmer, food producer and Vermont agricultural advocate I am also impressed by Molly’s background and her understanding of the importance of Vermont agriculture to our economy, our consumers and our region. As well as recognizing the hard work that Vermont farmers are undertaking to reduce their water quality impacts and improve the rural environment. Molly will be the right person to have in the...
07/30/2020
What does Vermont want from its Lieutenant Governor? We all know the Vermont’s Lt. Governor job is pretty easy. Presides over the Senate, only votes on ties, sits on the Committee for Committee, get $62k per year with benefits. Our past Lt. Governor, now Gov. Scott, gave us all a tutorial on how to lever that position into a bonanza of media exposure for his next political goal: Governor! So why do we have four very different candidates for that position? Tim Ashe is giving up his very powerful Senate Pro Tem position! Why? He was not very successful, even with a super majority, in getting a...
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...

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