Sara Giannoni

VERMONT'S ELECTED PROGRESSIVES ENDORSE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT

 JUN. 12 2015, 5:14 PM LEAVE A COMMENT

The Vermont Progressive Party, whose origins date back to Sanders’ surprise victory 34 years ago in the Burlington mayoral race, endorsed Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination Friday in a news release.

Fifteen elected officials who ran on the November ballot as Progressives, including State Auditor Doug Hoffer, the only statewide Progressive officeholder, signaled their support for Sanders.

The signatories included state Sens. Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington, and David Zuckerman, P/D-Chittenden. Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, was not listed on the news release but he said in an email that he supports Sanders and would make his own announcement.

Pollina said the U.S. needs Sanders’ voice in the race.

“Bernie really means what he says,” Pollina said in the release. “It’s a rare thing to have a politician who’s so consistently committed to doing the right thing for people.”

Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, said Sanders’ views on working families, climate change and other progressive issues should be part of the national debate.

“I doubt most Americans have heard a serious political voice like his before: it’s refreshing and I think our country is ready for it,” Pearson.

The other elected officials were:

Rep. Susan Hatch Davis; Rep. Mollie Burke; Rep. Sandy Haas; Rep. Diana Gonzalez; Rep. Robin Chesnut¬ Tangerman; Rep. Amy Sheldon; Burlington City Council Chair Jane Knodell; Burlington City Councilor Selene Colburn; Burlington City Councilor Max Tracy; Burlington City Councilor Sara Giannoni; and Winooski City Councilor Robert Millar.

The Progressive Party’s state committee will vote on a presidential endorsement in September.

Originally published in the VTDigger: http://vtdigger.org/2015/06/12/vermonts-elected-progressives-endorse-sanders-for-president/

Press Release: Burlington Progressive Party Endorses Goodkind for Mayor, Candidates for City Council

From left: Councilor Selene Colburn, Councilor Max Tracy, mayoral candidate Steve Goodkind, Councilor Jane Knodell, city council candidate Sara Giannoni.

Sunday evening Progressive Party members voted at their Burlington caucus to endorse Steve Goodkind as the Progressive candidate for the 2015 mayoral race. The Party also endorsed candidates for at least half of the upcoming city council races.

Prior to the vote, Goodkind addressed the approximately 60 caucus participants, speaking about his experience as the former director of the Department of Public Works, and the many improvements he made over the years to help the city of Burlington function better. He said that many of the voters he’s spoken with are discontent with the job that Mayor Miro Weinberger is doing, especially in regard to city development, and Goodkind is running in part to provide them with another option on the ballot.

“Although there are plenty of things we should be saying ‘no’ to, this will be a positive campaign,” Goodkind said. “For every issue I raise, I’ll offer a viable alternative. I will stand for choices, not just for change.”

Four Progressives received the endorsement for Burlington City Council races. They are: Jane Knodell (Central district), Selene Colburn (East District), Max Tracy (Ward 2), and Sara Giannoni (Ward 3). Two Independents also received Progressive endorsements: Sharon Bushor (Ward 1), and Ben Vidal (Ward 8).

Current City Councilor for Ward 2, Jane Knodell, said she is excited to run for the district seat and stressed the importance of this upcoming election, which she said will determine the direction Burlington takes in the next few years, as well as whose voices are being heard in local government.

“The next City Council will be involved in decisions about the future of affordable housing, Burlington Telecom, and the Church Street Marketplace. We're talking about the future of our city," Knodell said. "Progressives will look out for all members of our community, most especially low- and middle-income families, and people whose voices are often marginalized because they aren’t the well-to-do.”

The Chair of the Burlington Progressive Party, Kyle Silliman-Smith, said she is pleased with the slate of candidates endorsed, and is optimistic about the upcoming election in March. “We want to provide voters with alternatives to the two-party system, and we want to elect people who will fight for progressive values,” she said. “I think we are doing that, and I’m excited to see what 2015 holds.”

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