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Pollina To Run For Washington County Senate

From the Vermont Progressive Party:

I am entering the Democratic Primary for Washington County State Senate and expect to run in the general election under the banners of the Democratic and Progressive Parties. To unify voters, I will also reach out to the Working Families Party, Republicans and Independents.

Folks in Washington County have a good idea of who I am and where I stand and were very supportive in 2008. They gave me more votes than Jim Douglas in several communities and I finished first or second in every town but one.

Democrats, Progressives and others are supporting me, ready to work together to win. On the local level party labels aren’t as important as personal contact, and with changes coming to the Senate, Washington County needs someone who can work with people of all parties and backgrounds.

Budgets, the local economy and health care top my agenda. We need to get beyond slogans and face reality. People are struggling. And, just slashing jobs and government isn’t working.

Anthony Pollina

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  1. Vaughn Vaughn June 10, 2010

    @10 Nope, they have endorsed 5/7 of the previous SPUSA presidential nominees though.

  2. Trent Hill Trent Hill June 10, 2010


    He certainly had a better chance of beating Dubie than of winning the governor’s race.

  3. Ross Levin Ross Levin June 10, 2010

    Trent, I was talking about something like what Bernie Sanders did.

  4. Jeremy Young Jeremy Young June 10, 2010

    Trent @9, only if he had beaten Brian Dubie first. Want to take bets on how likely that was? Dubie isn’t unbeatable by any stretch, but Pollina wasn’t going to pull it off.

  5. Trent Hill Trent Hill June 10, 2010


    He wouldn’t want to run as a Progressive Party candidate only and make himself the third party candidate facing long odds–when instead he could run as a Progressive Party member with fusion support from the Democratic Party–and in only a two person race. I think he is very likely to win both nominations (as well as the Working Families Party) and sit in the legislature as a Progressive.

    I still say it makes no sense…Pollina could be a statewide office holder right now with basically the same deal.

  6. Ross Levin Ross Levin June 10, 2010

    Not to mention, it’s weird (although this might just have to do with the specific politics of it) that he’s running in the Democratic primary and not just getting the Democrats not to run a candidate against him.

  7. Trent Hill Trent Hill June 10, 2010

    Cities and towns are allowed to use IRV, and I believe many have, but I believe Burlington, the largest city, just stopped using it.

  8. Vaughn Vaughn June 10, 2010

    Don’t they have some IRV in Vermont? or did that get canned?

  9. Trent Hill Trent Hill June 10, 2010


    I know what happened, but the reasoning is still stupid. He could be a sitting Progressive Party Lt. Governor right now if he’d taken that deal. Instead, he’s running for a State Senate seat–which he’ll likely face Democratic Party opposition for, AND Republican Party opposition for.

  10. tiradefaction tiradefaction June 10, 2010


    He passed it on because the deal proposed by the Democrats was he would run unopposed by the Lt. Governor by the Dems, if the Progs themselves didn’t run a candidate for Governor. He passed, and ran for Governor. Now he’s running for a more winnable seat (at least in what the progs have told me) and is trying to win both primaries (and possibly the working families party nom as well)

  11. Vaughn Vaughn June 10, 2010

    Why hasn’t anyone run under Progressive and Liberty Union? There is also a SPUSA branch in Vermont, but they don’t compete with Libery Union…which should probably become the affiliate of SPUSA. There is also a Green party that supposedly got hi-jacked by LaRouche supporters.

    Vermont politics confuse me and there never seems to be anyone from Vermont to explain on here or on BAN.

  12. Trent Hill Trent Hill June 9, 2010

    This seems like an odd move for Pollina. In 2008 he had an opportunity to get the Democratic and Progressive Party nominations for Lt. Governor, but passed on it….only to run for State Senate as the nominee of both parties?

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