Burlington Progressives Elect New Steering Committee


The following is a press release from the Burlington City Committee of the Vermont Progressive Party


For Immediate Release: September 27, 2017

Contact:  Kelly Mangan, (802) 324-6560, kellyannmangan@gmail.com

Josh Wronski, (802) 229-0800, josh@progressiveparty.org  


Burlington Progressives Elect New Steering Committee

Impressive Turn-Out Shows Strong Party Support


Burlington, VT – The Burlington City Committee of the Vermont Progressive Party hosted its biennial reorganization meeting on Sunday. With a turn-out of close to 100 people, Progressives say it was the highest attended reorganizational meeting in over ten years. Party members elected a 15-member City Steering Committee and Officers, in addition to 8 delegates to the Chittenden County Committee. Turn-out was all the more impressive because of the beautiful weather that sent many Burlingtonians to the beaches to enjoy a last breath of summer.


Kelly Mangan was elected Chair of the Burlington Steering Committee. Mangan is a former union organizer and the former Executive Director of the Vermont Progressive Party.


“The local party is brimming with enthusiastic, talented people who are passionate about putting political power in the hands of working class people,” said Mangan. “I'm excited to work together with these committed leaders to grow our party.”


Jeffrey Caesar was elected Vice Chair. Caesar is a former organizer with Rights and Democracy, and a community activist. He currently serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Long-time Progressives say they were especially excited to elect 4 university students to the Steering Committee and to see so many young, engaged people at the meeting.


“I have spoken with many students who are extremely frustrated with our broken two-party system, which does not represent them,” said Carter Neubieser, a University of Vermont student. He went on to say, “We want and need a progressive alternative, so it’s an honor to help grow the Progressive Party.”


The Burlington Steering Committee plays an important role for the local party by discussing and acting on city and state issues, supporting candidates and elected officials, and raising awareness around a broad array of initiatives that create a more livable city for all our citizens. At Sunday’s meeting, Progressives committed to working on a number of critical issues over the next year, including a $15 minimum wage, fighting racism, Burlington Telecom, affordable housing, preserving Memorial Auditorium, and environmental sustainability.


The next step in Progressives’ reorganizational process is the Chittenden County Caucus at 6:00 pm on October 22nd at the O’Brien Center in Winooski. They will be joined by guest speaker Lt. Governor David Zuckerman. 




The Vermont Progressive Party is the nation's most successful third party, electing more state legislators than all others combined. Progressives fight for the core principles of social justice and economic equity. The Party accepts no corporate donations, so is free of the big money influence that dominates the other two parties. Progressives run strategically, win elections, and legislate change.
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