June 7, 2016
VSEA Issued The Following Press Release This Afternoon:
For Immediate Release
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CASTLETON, V.T.—After an extensive, innovative, and inclusive endorsement process, the Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA) voted to endorse Matt Dunne in the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, David Zuckerman in the Democratic Lieutenant Gubernatorial Primary, and a slate of other candidates across both statewide and local primary races. For the first time, VSEA’s endorsement process included a straw poll of rank and file members, multiple gubernatorial candidate forums, and a host of other efforts that provided direct interaction between political candidates and the union’s more than 5,500 active members.
“The real winners in today’s endorsements are the members of this union,” said VSEA President Dave Bellini. “The message has gone out today across Vermont—the members of VSEA are watching this state’s political process, and we will be heard.”
The weeks-long endorsement process saw state employees from the Northeast Kingdom to Bennington County meeting personally with candidates at multiple events to share their political concerns, question the candidates on their platforms, and to speak out.
“Direct democracy, transparency, and fairness have been the cornerstones of this member-driven process,” said Margaret Crowley, chair of VSEA’s Legislative Committee. “The degree of member participation in these endorsements is unprecedented, and allows VSEA to show its full strength.”
In House and Senate primaries, VSEA’s endorsements included several candidates from its own ranks, including Rep. Rachael Fields from Bennington 2-1, Judy P. Rosenstreich in Chittenden 6-4, Evan Hill in Grand Isle-Chittenden, and both Cheri Goldstein and Aimee Towne in Lamoille-Washington.
The complete list of VSEA primary endorsements may be found below.
Democratic Gubernatorial Primary
Democratic Lieutenant Gubernatorial Primary
Democratic State Treasurer Primary
Democratic Attorney General
Christopher A. Pearson
Francis K. Brooks
Ashley A. Hill
Richard “Dick” McCormack
Alice W. Nitka
Judy P. Rosenstreich
Virginia “Ginny” Burley
Alice M. Emmons
Robert “Bob” Forguites
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