Elections 2016

Progressive Candidates for 2016

Below is a list of all candidates who have received the Progressive nomination.

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Sen. David Zuckerman, Hinesburg – P/D 

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  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • House member from Burlington District 3-4 for 14 years, and has served as Senator for Chittenden County since 2012.
  • Vice Chair, Senate Committee on Agriculture. Also sits on the Senate Committee on Education, the Senate Sexual Harassment Panel, the Advisory Council on Special Education, and the New England Board of Higher Education.
  • Co-owner of Full Moon Farms and CSA participant with 285 summer and 130 winter shares.
  • Member of the Chittenden County Farm Bureau, Northeast Organic Farming Association-VT, and Rural Vermont.
  • Recognized by the Vermont Children’s Forum (2002), Women Helping Battered Women (2007), The Vermont Natural Resources Council (2008), Renewable Energy Vermont (2013), and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (2014 Legislator of the Year).
  • Dave’s leadership spans a number of issues, including renewable energy, affordable housing, livable wages, cannabis reform, GMO legislation, universal healthcare, progressive taxation, marriage equality, end of life choices, and paid sick leave.





Doug Hoffer, Burlington 


  • First elected State Auditor in 2012
  • Self-employed policy analyst for 19 years for various progressive causes and organizations, including the Peace and Justice Center, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (Farm to Plate), Vermont State Employees Association, Public Assets Institute, Good Jobs First, Renewable Energy Vermont, and VPIRG.
  • See website for his many accomplishments in office.




Don Schramm, Burlington – P

State Legislature:


Addison County:


HOUSE — ADDISON 1 (Middlebury):

Jill Charbonneau, Middlebury – P

  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • NALC member, activist
  • Chair, Middlebury Progressive committee
  • Long-time volunteer for Bernie Sanders



HOUSE— ADDISON 1 (Middlebury):

Rep. Amy Sheldon, Middlebury – D/P 



HOUSE — ADDISON 4 (Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, Starksboro):

Mari Cordes, Lincoln – P/D

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  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • Registered Nurse
  • Union leader, VFNHP / AFT
  • VPP Coordinating Committee member


 “Currently we face critical planetary change, unprecedented levels of income inequality, a broken healthcare system, and continuous attacks on popular participation in the electoral and political process. Now, more than ever, it’s time we join together and harness our tremendous people power to meet these challenges, take back our democracy, and build healthy and sustainable communities today, and for future generations to come.” 



Chittenden County: 



Rep. Chris Pearson, Burlington P/D

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  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • House member from 2006-2008, 2011-present
  • Vice Chair, House Committee on Health Care
  • Worked this session to pass automatic voter registration, pressured the Shumlin administration to release emails related to EB-5, push conversation around divestment of state assets from fossil fuels, and proposed a House bill to lessen the regressive nature of VT’s property tax system.



Sen. Tim Ashe, Burlington – D/P


Sen. Phil Baruth – D/P



HOUSE —  CHITTENDEN 1 (Richmond):

Steve May, Richmond – P


  • Richmond Select Board Member
  • Clinical social worker specializing in substance abuse and mental health counseling
  • Past VP of the Champlain Valley Central Labor Council & former member of the Vermont AFL-CIO Executive Board.
  • Former Director of Advocacy for the New England Hemophilia Association



HOUSE — CHITTENDEN 6-4 (Burlington):

Selene Colburn, Burlington – P/D

  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • Burlington City Councilor since 2014
  • to Dean of Libraries at UVM
  • Co-founder & past chair, VT Access to Reproductive Freedom
  • Served on boards of VT Community Access Media, Cradle to Grave Arts, and the VT Library Association



HOUSE — CHITTENDEN 6-4 (Burlington):

Brian Cina, Burlington – P/D 

  • Serving second term as School Commissioner for Burlington’s Central District
  • Clinical social worker in private practice
  • Community organizer and co-founder of ISGOOD (Isham Street Gardening and Other Optimistic Doings)


HOUSE — CHITTENDEN 6-7 (Winooski):

Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Winooski – P/D

  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • Elected in 2014. First Latina to serve in the VT House.
  • Doctoral student in Education, Leadership, and Policy studies at the University of Vermont and a facilitation consultant.
  • Past Health Educator at UVM and a leader in the effort to unionize unrepresented staff.
  • Has taught elementary, high school, undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Sits on the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs
  • Was part of passing “ban the box” legislation this year & sponsored a resolution in support of Black Lives Matter                                         Day at the Statehouse.


HOUSE — CHITTENDEN 6-7 (Winooski):

Robert Millar, Winooski – P

  • Elected to the Winooski City Council in 2014.
  • Currently works for the Bernie 2016 campaign.
  • Served two years on the School Board.
  • Served three terms as a Justice of the Peace
  • Served on the Development Review Board.
  • Advocate for living wages, paid sick days, single payer health care, and a fair state budget.


Franklin County:


HOUSE — FRANKLIN 7 (Enosburg, Montgomery):

Cindy Weed, Enosburg – P/D

  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • Former legislator for Franklin 7, narrowly lost re-election bid in 2014
  • Focus is on healthcare for all Vermonters, rural economic development, property tax reform, and securing our energy future.


Lamoille County:


HOUSE —  LAMOILLE-WASHINGTON (Morristown, Elmore, Worcester, Woodbury):

Marci Young, Morristown – P

  • Council member Hunger Mountain Coop and founding member MoCo, Morrisville’s fledgling coop
  • Energy Coordinator Morrisville/Hyde Park Energy Committee *
  • Hospice Volunteer (25 years)
  • Foster Parent (active and respite)




Orleans County:


HOUSE —  ORLEANS-LAMOILLE (Lowell, Troy, Jay, Westfield, Eden)

Katherine Sims, Lowell – D/P


  • Founder and ED of Green Mountain Farm-to-School
  • Board of Directors, Council on Rural Development and Vermont Land Trust & town auditor of Westfield
  • Organizer of the Annual Lowell Holiday Market


I am running because I am passionate about making a difference in our community. Too often policies from the Montpelier are leaving the Northeast Kingdom behind and it’s time we have a new voice that understands the issues affecting our community and is willing to do something about it.”


Orange County:


HOUSE — ORANGE 1 (Chelsea, Corinth, Orange, Vershire, Washington, Williamstown)

Rep. Susan Davis, Washington – P/D

  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • House legislator since 2007
  • Retired VSEA State Employee
  • Trustee of the East Orange Cemetery Association and a Minister at the East Orange Church
  • Worked this session on a resolution to study the concept of a universal basic income, supporting state workers, and trying to insure that tax-payer money granted to growing Vermont businesses stays in VT if those businesses are later sold to outside interests.


HOUSE —  ORANGE 1 (Chelsea, Corinth, Orange, Vershire, Washington, Williamstown)

Adam DesLauriers – P/D

Bio: Born and raised in Vermont.  Graduated South Burlington High School, class of 1991, and then from UVM with a BA in Social Anthropology and Environmental Studies in 1996.  M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2002. Helped start a number of small businesses in the state including his own multi-media production company, Beech Seal Media in 2004 that continues working extensively with local Vermont archival and historical projects as well as tourism and marketing campaigns. Has an extensive history in the local ski and hospitality industries.  His family originally built and operated Bolton Valley Ski Area where he grew up and worked through college, and then continued in various capacities at Sugarbush Resort and Topnotch Resort in Stowe.


Rutland County:


HOUSE —  RUTLAND-BENNINGTON (Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rupert, Tinmouth, Wells)

Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Middletown Springs – P/D


  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • Elected to House in 2014
  • Sits on the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, the Government Accountability Committee & the Joint Energy Committee
  •  Licensed educator at the Tutorial Center at Smokey House in Danby working with at-risk teens & an adjunct faculty member at Green Mountain College in the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design program.
  • Middletown Select Board member for 10 years, Fire Department volunteer for 11 years, an organizer for SolarFest for 16 years, and the environmental page columnist for the Rutland Herald/Times Argus for 5 years.


Washington County:



Sen. Anthony Pollina, Middlesex – P/D

  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • Senator since 2010
  • Vice Chair, Senate Committee on Government Operations; also sits on the Senate Committee on Health & Welfare, the Government Accountability Committee, and the Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight Committee.
  • Was a community organizer for 30 years, the founder and director of Rural Vermont, former Executive Director of VPIRG & former Senior Adviser to U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders.
  • Worked this session on promoting divestment of state assets from fossil fuels, trying to save state jobs from being outsourced, and promoting a more equitable property tax system for working and middle class Vermonters.


HOUSE — WASHINGTON 1 (Berlin, Northfield):

Jeremy Hansen, Berlin – P/D

  • Berlin Select Board member
  • Previous Progressive candidate for House
  • Computer Science Professor at Norwich University



Dottye Ricks P/D


HOUSE — WASHINGTON 4 (Montpelier):

Glennie Sewell, Montpelier – P


  • Community activist pushing for improvements in Vermont’s healthcare access and cost, as well as for improvements in and the creation of a form of Fair Housing Act.
  • English composition teacher at Community College of Vermont for 5 years;
  • MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and currently in talks with a publisher for a novel.
  • Has run for House as a Progressive twice before


Ben Eastwood, Montpelier – P 


HOUSE  —  WASHINGTON 5 (East Montpelier, Middlesex):

Carl Etnier – P


Windham County:


HOUSE — WINDHAM 2-2 (Brattleboro):

Rep. Mollie Burke, Brattleboro – P/D


  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • First elected to House in 2008.
  • Sits on the House Committee on Transportation
  • Advocate for cost-effective, environmentally-sustainable transportation solutions that accommodate all users.
  • This session has worked to pass a compassionate release bill for terminally or seriously ill inmates.


Windsor County:



Sen. Dick McCormack, Bethel – D/P


HOUSE —  WINDSOR-RUTLAND (Bethel, Rochester, Pittsfield, Stockbridge)

Rep. Sandy Haas, Rochester – P/D


  • Endorsed by Bernie
  • First elected to House in 2005
  • Sits on the
  • Vice Chair, House Committee on Human Services
  • Vice Chair, Legislative Committee on Judicial Rules
  • Clerk, Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight Committee. Also sits on the Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee.
  • She has been a leader on end-of-life issues, such as advance directives and palliative care. This session she worked on addressing opiate abuse, mandatory reporting guidelines, and helped to pass legislation to provide more access to dental healthcare for low-income and senior Vermonters.



Sue Buckholz, Hartford – D/P




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