Sen. Bernie Sanders has filed petitions for re-election as both a Democrat and as an independent and independent candidate Emily Peyton has joined the governor’s race. Gov. Peter Shumlin submitted his petition for re-election yesterday.
“That’s the way he’s done it in the past,” said a Sanders staffer of the dual filing.
Michael Briggs, a spokesman for Sanders said, “Bernie is proud to be the longest serving independent in the history of the U.S. Congress. As has always been the case, Bernie’s name will appear on the Vermont ballot in November as an independent. In the Senate, Bernie is an independent member of the Democratic Caucus, and plays an active role in that caucus. He will strongly support the re-election efforts of President Obama and Governor Shumlin.”
As tomorrow’s 5 p.m. filing deadline draws near, the list of candidates is growing, but a few notables are still missing. Treasurer Beth Pearce has yet to submit a petition, though Republican contender Wendy Wilton filed yesterday, and no candidates have filed for state auditor, though Sen. Vince Illuzzi is expected to run for the office as an independent.
Secretary of State Jim Condos provided VTDigger with an updated list of candidates as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 14.
This story was updated on June 15 at 8:48 a.m. with a comment from Sanders’ spokesman Michael Briggs.