In the Burlington, Vermont elections a couple of days ago–the Progressive Party made out quite well. Incumbent Progressive Party mayor Bob Kiss was re-elected in the third round of Instant-Runoff Voting. In Ward 2 and Ward 3 respectively, Emma Mulvaney-Stanak and Marrisa Caldwell, both Progressive Party members, won election to the City Council. Marrisa Caldwell was running for the seat vacated by Tim Ashe, who was elected to the Vermont Senate in November. Sen. Ashe, longtime readers will remember, was elected to the State Senate as a Democrat (also cross endorsed by the Progressive Party) but had served on the Burlington City Council as a Progressive.
Undoubtedly, an endorsement from US Senator and former Burlington Mayor Bernie Sanders did not hurt Kiss’ re-election chances.
“I have known and worked with Bob Kiss for over 25 years. As Mayor, Bob has a record of running the City of Burlington in an effective and efficient manner, putting the needs of taxpayers first. In these tough economic times we need a mayor who will continue fighting for the middle class– and Bob is that leader.”
Of course, Bernie Sanders himself has a longstanding connection to the Progressive Party. At this time, the Progressive Party of Vermont has five sitting State Representatives, a State Senator, the Mayor of the largest city in Vermont, and three City Councilors in that city.