The Progressive Party of Vermont is arguably one of the most successful state-level third parties in the United States, having elected multiple State Senators, State Representatives, etc. Now, the Progressive Party of Vermont is organizing its slate of candidates, especially statewide candidates, for 2012.
On the topic of Progressives, party Chairwoman Martha Abbott of Underhill said she’ll be a candidate for governor, Marjorie Powers of Montpelier is running for lieutenant governor and the party will support Doug Hoffer for auditor. Hoffer is running in the Democratic Party primary, but could win the Progressive line as a write-in in that party’s primary. No candidates have come forth yet for attorney general, secretary of state for U.S. House. The party will be backing Bernie Sanders for U.S. Senate.
Abbott said among her goals in running for governor are to nab the 5 percent to maintain major-party status and keep non-Progressives from running on the party’s line but also to influence the debate. She said she’ll decide after the primary whether to step down from the race.
Don Schramm of Burlington, Vt. is also running for Treasurer, having previously run for that office in 2008 and 2010.