Vermont Progressives May Have Elected Seven State Legislators

H/T Ballot Access News:

Election Recap from the Vermont Progressive Party:

Vermont’s Progressives, largely avoided the lurch to the right witnessed across the country with Tuesday’s general election.

All five Progressive incumbents seeking re-election were returned to office. Brattleboro Representatives Sarah Edwards and Mollie Burke ran unopposed. This will be Mollie’s second term in Montpelier, and Sarah’s fifth, making her the senior member of the Progressive caucus. Progressive whip Susan Hatch Davis of Washington came out on top in a tight race to return for a third term. Her four-vote victory will likely go to a recount, and we may need volunteers to help with that process. Caucus leader Sandy Haas of Rochester defeated a Republican 1004-896, to return for her fourth term.

Chittenden County Senator Tim Ashe returns for his second term, placing fourth in the six-seat district.

Progressives also picked up two seats in the State House. Chris Pearson of Burlington was elected to the open seat created with the retirement of Representative David Zuckerman. Anthony Pollina became the second Progressive elected to the State Senate, taking the Washington County seat left open by Phil Scott.

In Burlington’s Ward Three, Progressive School Board Director Vince Brennan won the special election for City Council, filling the vacancy created when Marrisa Caldwell stepped down this fall. Vince topped the Democrat by a 10 vote margin.

In statewide races, two Progressives reached the 5% threshold needed to maintain major-party status: Don Schramm received 8% in the race for State Treasurer, and Charlotte Dennett received 5% in her Attorney General bid. Lieutenant Governor candidate Marj Power came in at 4%.

Auditor of Accounts candidate Doug Hoffer (running with both the Democratic and Progressive endorsement) ran a strong race against two-term incumbent Tom Salmon. Doug received 46% of the ballots cast, the highest percentage received by a Progressive statewide candidate to date.

A special thanks to several candidates who ran for the State House from far-flung corners of the state, but came up short at the polls. Claude Delucia in Bennington, John Taylor in Williamstown, Nancy Potak in Greensboro, Cindy Weed in Enosburg, and Marvin Malek in Berlin. Cindy came in just 34 votes shy in her race, and Marvin ended the evening down by only 75 votes.

Finally thanks to everyone who worked on a Progressive campaign this fall. You should be proud of your role in continuing to make the Progressive Party the most successful third party in the US.

Full statewide results are available here:

http://vpr.net/news/campaign_2010/races.php

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