FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 28
Vermont Progressive Party
Contact Morgan Daybell
House Progressives Caucus Organizes
MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont is the only state in the country with a third-party caucus. Following the 2010 election Vermont is currently the only state with anybody elected from an independent third-party label, let alone multiple members. Vermont Progressives have five House members and two Senators.
The House Progressives selected Chris Pearson from Burlington to act as caucus leader and Susan Davis from Washington as assistant leader. Pearson and Davis say they are interested in moving the debate on health care, labor and energy issues forward. “With Governor-elect Shumlin running on a progressive platform, we hope to play a role ensuring that those campaign promises become legislation that helps working families and restores the responsibility of the state to meet the needs of the people of Vermont,” said Davis.
“I’m proud to be back as leader,” said Pearson who led his caucus in the 2007-2008 session. “We have a lot of work to do to make sure the debate stays focused on the economy, on creating jobs and making 2011 the year Vermont actually lower the costs of health care for our state,” said Pearson.