Brush said he didn’t expect the party to run candidates, at least not many in the next election. Rather the party would look over candidates from Vermont’s other parties for those who support positions important to the Working Families Party and offer endorsements and support.
Vermont is one of 10 states that allows candidates to run with more than one party affiliation noted on the ballot and those are the states that the Working Families Party have targeted. The party was founded in New York in 1998 and then spread to Connecticut.
Vermont has three major political parties — Democrats, Republicans and Progressives. A political party is considered “major” in Vermont if one of its statewide candidates received more than 5 percent of the vote in the most recent election. Vermont also has had three minor parties in recent years — Liberty Union, Libertarian and Constitutional.
All political parties must reorganize during the fall of odd-numbered years. Those reorganizational meetings are in process now for at least five of the six parties on record, said David Crossman in the election division at the Office of the Secretary of State. The minimum hurdle for a party to be recognized by the Office of the Secretary of State would be to hold 10 town caucuses with five officers elected for each town committee and a statewide gathering where state officers are elected.