The Vermont Progressive Party is the most successful state-wide third party on the left. Founded by allies of Bernie Sandders, the Progressive Party holds 10 seats in the Vermont legislature and, since 2016, the office of Lt. Governor. Vermont Progressives backed Ralph Nader for President in 2000, giving him 7% of the vote in Vermont. In 2016 the Vermont Progressive Party backed Bernie Sanders for President.
Recently the Vermont Progressives have decided to promote the Progressive Movement nationally, hoping that new parties will carry the Progressive banner in other states. Recently the State Committee passed a resolution in support of national organizing:
On June 10th, 2018, the State Committee of the Vermont Progressive Party passed a resolution in support of strengthening the political revolution in Vermont and across the nation. The adopted resolution is a step in exploring the growing progressive movement across the United States.
“We are the only major political party that can credibly address the destructive effects of extreme wealth inequality; we are the only major political party that refuses the culture and practice of corporate contributions in politics. We are leaders in the political revolution.” Said Nick Clark, sponsor of the resolution.
He went on to say that “our credibility as a leader in the progressive movement and in government comes from a history of winning an increasing number of elections for over 35 years. Our focus will stay with our local candidates and elected officials here in Vermont, and with the issues that matter most to Vermonters, even as we explore and connect with progressive efforts in other states.”
The adopted resolution is as follows:
WHEREAS, We, the Vermont Progressive Party, are working to continue and strengthen the political revolution according to our Principles and Platform.
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT, The Vermont Progressive Party will recognize and work with progressive candidates and organizers around the country who share our values, and offer non-financial support to viable, progressive third parties outside Vermont.