Here they are ... the Rights & Democracy list of endorsed candidates for the 2018 elections!
A Rights & Democracy endorsement is a signal that a candidate is already a community leader on the issues that reflect RAD’s values and will champion those causes in the Legislature.
A RAD endorsement comes with the expectation that elected candidates will work with RAD members on legislation of shared interest to their community. In that way, it’s more than just an election year activity—it’s the start (or continuation) of a working relationship.
We urge RAD members, and non-members alike, to work this campaign season to elect candidates who will be willing to lead on the issues that matter to Vermonters—raising the minimum wage, passing paid family leave, ensuring we have clean water, pushing for a 100-percent just and renewable future, and ensuring that our state is equitable for all.
* - indicates loss of contested primary on Tuesday, August 14th.
Federal & Statewide Candidates
Bernie Sanders (U.S. Senate)
- Christine Hallquist (Governor)
David Zuckerman (Lt. Governor)
- Beth Pearce (Treasurer)
State Senate Candidates
Ruth Hardy, Addison County
- Pam McCarthy, Franklin County
- Debbie Ingram, Chittenden County
- Chris Pearson, Chittenden County
- Michael Sirotkin, Chittenden County
- Scott Garren, Rutland County
- Ashley Hill, Washington County*
- Andrew Perchlik, Washington County
- Anthony Pollina, Washington County
State House Candidates
Mari Cordes (Addison-4)
Barb Wilson (Addison-Rutland)
Kiah Morris (Bennington 2-2)
- Kathleen James, (Bennington-4)
- Chip Troiano, (Caledonia-2)
Scott Campbell (Caledonia-3)
- Bob Hooper, (Chittenden 6-1)
Selene Colburn (Chittenden 6-4)
Brian Cina (Chittenden 6-4)
- Diana Gonzalez (Chittenden 6-7)
- Tanya Vyhovsky, (Chittenden 8-1)
Kate Larose (Franklin 3-1)
Mike McCarthy (Franklin-3-1)
- Charen Fegard, (Franklin-5)
Kelly Cummings, (Franklin-6)
- Cindy Weed, (Franklin-7)
- Marina Meerburg, (Lamoille-1)
- Avram Patt, (Lamoille-Washington)
Susan Hatch Davis, (Orange-1)
- Sarah Copeland Hanzas, (Orange-2)
Heather Stevenson, (Rutland 5-1)
- Timothy Guiles, (Rutland-6)
Gina Ottoboni, (Rutland-Windsor 1)
- Logan Nicoll, (Rutland-Windsor-2)
- Jeremy Hansen, (Washington-1)
- Maxine Grad, (Washington-7)
Tom Stevens, (Washington-Chittenden)
Emilie Kornheiser, (Windham 2-1)
- Zachariah Ralph, (Windsor-1)
- Randall Szott, (Windsor 4-1)
- Arnie Gottlieb (Bennington County State's Attorney)*
- Mark Hughes (Washington County High Bailiff)
In the statewide elections of 2016, RAD endorsed 37 candidates and 20 won their elections, including Attorney General T.J. Donovan, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, State Senators Debbie Ingram and Chris Pearson, and State Representatives Selene Colburn, Brian Cina, Kiah Morris, and Cindy Weed. RAD recommended an additional 12 candidates for election, and of those 7 won.
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