Candidate filings show who’s running, who’s leaving


A ballot counting machine. File photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/VTDigger

The lineup of party candidates in races across the state is essentially complete, with more than 300 people having submitted the necessary paperwork and signatures to the secretary of state’s office.

Roughly a third of the registered candidates are Republicans and two-thirds Democrats. Vermonters go to the polls for the primaries Aug. 9.

Candidates had to file their paperwork last week, but town clerks had until this week to forward it to the secretary of state’s office. One candidate was granted a filing extension.

Four candidates have registered as Progressives, including Boots Wardinski for lieutenant governor. Three Progressives are running for the House: Robert Millar, of Winooski, Daniel Nadeau, of Highgate, and Dottye Ricks, of Barre Town.

VTDigger has compiled a list of registered primary candidates across the state, as well as a list of incumbent elected officials who have announced they are not seeking re-election.

If you notice a name is missing or incorrect, email [email protected] and we will update the list.

Jasper Craven

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  • robert bristow-johnson

    well, speaking as a Dem (although i am listed as “independent” for Ward 7 IoE, it’s because i filed after the party caucus in 2015) i am sorry to see so few Progs listed.

    i really hope that Vermont does not slide back into being a Two-Party state. even if i hang with one of those two parties most often.

    • Thomas Gauthier

      Anyone is better than what is in place now. The current politicians are old blood with enough kickbacks they will forever be successful. I am in favor for a full turnover and getting some new faces in the statehouse.

    • Karl Riemer

      The question is: why are there any? They’re all running unopposed, which means they’re guaranteed a listing on the ballot unless a write-in campaign suddenly springs up and overwhelms them. The Party has a nomination process that doesn’t require running in a primary. Primary results take precedence, but if a slot is uncontested why go through a primary with a foregone conclusion instead of simply petitioning a district committee for the nomination?

      Seriously: why?

      • robert bristow-johnson

        i guess because there is a possibility of a write-in opponent in the primary.

  • John Zuppa

    Shap Smith has brought enough bad Karma to the families of Vermont…

    We sent our prayers to him and his family…when he withdrew from running for office because of his situation…

    BUT…Now he sees the chance for more personal gain…(at the expense of other families)…

    He should stand by his word and NOT run….OH!…I forgot that the word of the cronies of Shumlin, Klein, Blittersdorf et al is virtually worthless…

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