Hello Progressive Party Members!
As of today, I will be stepping down as Progressive Party State Chair. I came to this decision after a lot of thought and consideration. My responsibilities at my professional day job are steadily growing as the political environment continues to attack labor unions and bargaining at a local level. In order to do my best for the union members I support and to also make sure our Party continues to thrive, I've decided to step aside to allow someone else to take the reigns.
The Coordinating Committee met last night and voted to appoint Senator Anthony Pollina from Middlesex as our interim State Chair. He will serve in this capacity until the next State Committee per our party bylaws. The Coco also reviewed a transition plan of duties to make sure the operations of the Party continue and that our staff person, Josh Wronski, continues to be supported. Other officers and Coco members will be taking on additional tasks to help oversee our party reorganization process, communication system, and other important tasks ahead.
Over the last nearly four years as State Chair, I've been honored to work with many of you to build a vibrant and growing political party. We have much more to do, but I've been particularly proud to be at the helm as we expanded our elected caucuses in Burlington and Montpelier, increased the number of people running as Progressives in the 2014 and 2016 cycles, and won the second highest elected office in the state - go LG Zuckerman! The back end of party building is often not wildly known, but I've been proud to work with a dedicated group of Coordinating Committee members who have slogged through crafting policies and procedures for our organization, fundraising, and hiring highly talented staff.
We will send a press release later today regarding the leadership transition. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.
State Chair, Vermont Progressive Party