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Dunne picks up six dozen endorsements from lawmakers, past and present

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne racked up more than six dozen endorsements of current and former legislators this week, as well as a number of first-time candidates hoping to serve in the Statehouse next session.

“I am so humbled by the outpouring of support we’ve received this week, but this is about much more than our campaign,” Dunne said. “This is a movement of people who are energized and ready to work hard for the progressive values that will make Vermont stronger: raising the minimum wage to a living wage, universal healthcare and banning corporate money from our elections.”

Dunne has racked up endorsements throughout the 3-way primary race against Sue Minter and Peter Galbraith. Last month, Dunne was endorsed by the executive committee of the AFL-CIO, the Vermont State Employees Association, a majority of the Burlington City Council and progressive political group Rights & Democracy.

Dunne’s most lofty endorsement this week came from Senate Majority Leader Philip Baruth, a friend of all three gubernatorial candidates who initially said he wasn’t going to endorse in the primary.

“I’m supporting Matt Dunne because he has always had his finger directly on innovation, whether it’s nationally, or here at home in Vermont,” Baruth said. “Back in the 1990s Matt was brought into the Clinton administration, which was big on innovation. Bring it forward to the 21st century, and Matt finds himself at Google, which is the center of innovation for the entire planet, even as we speak.

“I’m confident that Matt can bring those ideas, that energy, that capital, back to Vermont and help us jumpstart our economy in a way that it hasn’t hummed in 25 years,” Baruth added. “So, please join me. I think Matt is exactly what we need at this moment.”

The complete list of Dunne endorsements this week:

Current Legislators
Senate Majority Leader Philip Baruth, Chittenden County
Senator Dick McCormack, Windsor County
Senator Mark McDonald, Orange County
Representative John Bartholomew, Hartland
Representative Steve Berry, Manchester
Representative Tim Briglin, Thetford
Representative Robin Chestnut-Tangerman, Middletown Springs
Representative Kevin “Coach” Christie, Hartford
Representative Alison Clarkson, Woodstock
Representative Dan Connor, Fairfield
Representative Susan Hatch Davis, Washington
Representative Bill Frank, Underhill
Representative Gabrielle Lucke, White River Junction
Representative Barbara Rachelson, Burlington
Representative Donna Sweaney, Windsor
Representative Tommy Walz, Barre
Representative Sam Young, Glover
Representative Teo Zagar, Barnard

Former State Senators:
Mary Ann Carlson from Bennington County
Matt Choate from Caledonia County
Don Collins from Franklin County
Hinda Miller from Chittenden County
Cheryl Rivers from Windsor County
Judith Stephany Ahearn from Chittenden County

Former State Representatives:
Sandy Baird from Burlington
Joyce Barbieri from Wallingford
Chuck Bohi from Hartford
Gordon Bristol from Brattleboro
Carol Buchdahl from Georgia
Jack Candon from Norwich
Diane Carmolli from Rutland City
Andrew Christiansen from East Montpelier
Wendell Coleman from Londonderry
Michel Consejo from Swanton
Thomas Costello from Brattleboro
Barbara Grimes from Burlington
Christopher Healy from Norwich
Steve Hingtgen from Burlington
Cheryl Hooker from Rutland City
Margaret Hummel from Underhill
Michael Klopchin from Clarendon
Alysia Krasnow Butler from Charlotte
Jerry Kreitzer from Rutland City
Doris Lingelbach from Thetford
Mary Mazzariello from Rutland City
Anne Mook from Bennington
Donny Osman from Plainfield
Mary-Ann Parizo from Essex
Dexter Randall from Newport
Ann Seibert from Norwich
Ernest Shand from Weathersfield
Andrew Snyder from Pittsford
Bob Stannard from Manchester
Sheila Vowinkel from Hartford
Perry Waite from Pawlett
Linda Waite-Simpson from Essex
Cindy Weed from Enosburg
Jeff Young from St. Albans

Candidates:
Josh Aldrich, candidate for State Representative from Berkshire
Paul Belaski, candidate for State Representative from Windsor
Caroline Bright, candidate for State Representative from Georgia
Sue Buckholz, candidate for State Representative from Quechee
Jill Charbonneau, candidate for State Representative from Middlebury
Ed Clark, candidate for State Representative from Guildhall
Selene Colburn, candidate for State Representative from Burlington
Mari Cordes, candidate for State Representative from Lincoln
Scott Garren, candidate for State Senate from Rutland County
Faisal Gill, candidate for State Senate from Chittenden County
Dave Hinckley, candidate for State Representative from Springfield
Jay Hooper, candidate for State Representative from Brookfield
Conor Kennedy, candidate for State Senate from Windsor County
Michael McCarthy, candidate for State Representative from St. Albans
Rob Millar, candidate for State Representative from Winooski
Korrine Rodrigue, candidate for State Senate from Rutland County
David Yacovone, candidate for State Representative from Morristown

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A Vermont native, he first discovered his love for journalism at the Caledonian Record. He double-majored in print journalism and political science at Boston University, and worked in the Boston Globe’s Metro and Investigative units. While at the Globe he collaborated on Shadow Campus, a three-part investigative series focused on greed and mismanagement in Boston’s off-campus student housing market. The series was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.
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