FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 12, 2012
Contact: Martha Abbott, Chair: (802) 373-1624
Progressives Nominate Statewide Slate
The Progressive State Committee caucused on Sunday and nominated the following candidates, anticipating vacancies in the August primary for the following offices:
United States Senate: Bernie Sanders
Auditor of Accounts: Doug Hoffer
Secretary of State: Jim Condos
Attorney General: Ed Stanak
In addition to these offices, Progressive candidates are also planning to file petitions in the races for Governor (Martha Abbott), Lieutenant Governor (Marjorie Power) and Treasurer (Don Schramm).
Party chairwoman Martha Abbott said: “The State Committee’s action allows us to maintain control of our ballot and we can decide what races we will stay in or get out of this fall.”
“It is also significant,” she continued, “that Jim Condos came to us with a request for our nomination. Condos told the caucus of his intention to pursue same day voter registration in Vermont, and his opposition to voter ID laws. While other Democratic challengers have requested support in the past, this is the first time that a sitting Democrat has sought the Progressive label.”
Policy Analyst Doug Hoffer ran in 2010 for the Auditors office, the first statewide candidate to run under both the Progressive and Democratic party line. This year, he is again running in the Democratic Primary as well as seeking the Progressive nomination.
Ed Stanak is a retired longtime State employee, and past president of the Vermont State Employees union who completed four years of legal study and has brought several cases to court involving environmental issues and issues of economic justice.
Senator Bernie Sanders is running in his first Senate re-election campaign. Sanders was elected Mayor of Burlington in 1981, supported by a coalition which would go on to form the Progressive Party. It is expected that Sanders will win both the Democratic and Progressive nomination, and decline both to run again as an independent.