For Immediate Release
Vermont Democratic Party Officially Endorses Democratic Candidates
Montpelier, VT — The State Committee of the Vermont Democratic Party has officially endorsed the following candidates for statewide office in Vermont:
United States Senator: Bernie Sanders
United States Representative: Peter Welch
Governor: Christine Hallquist
Lieutenant Governor: David Zuckerman
Treasurer: Beth Pearce
Secretary of State: Jim Condos
Auditor: Doug Hoffer
Attorney General: TJ Donovan
The State Party scheduled the endorsement process to take place after the August Democratic primary to remain unbiased throughout the process. On Saturday, at the September meeting of the State Committee, the Party voted unanimously to endorse the Democratic primary winners.
In a statement, Senator Sanders expressed his gratitude:
“I want to thank the Vermont Democratic Party for their endorsement and for the work that they have done to build a more inclusive party. I have been fortunate to travel across the state with many of the other candidates endorsed today and have been impressed by their commitment to building a Vermont that supports all working families and for providing bold solutions for the problems that they face.
“Now, as we head into November, Vermonters must be engaged in the political process and the fight for justice. Because when we stand together, our state can lead the fight to guarantee health care for all, paid sick and family leave, living wages, and a clean environment. When Vermonters make their voice heard and vote, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.”
Congressman Welch added his gratitude for the endorsement:
"I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Vermont Democratic Party. These are challenging times for the nation but I remain hopeful about our future and inspired by the example set every day by Vermonters who work together to find common ground.
“With the support of Vermonters in November, I will continue to bring those values to Congress and fight to create good jobs for American workers, rebuild the middle class, and expand broadband access to rural America."
Christine Hallquist also welcomed the endorsement:
“I am so honored to receive the endorsement of the Vermont Democratic Party. This endorsement reflects the support of longtime activists in the party and across the state.
“As I have traveled around this state I have been so impressed with the engagement and dedications of Democrats all over. It is an honor to be endorsed by the Vermont Democratic Party along side my fellow candidates who were endorsed to day. I greatly look forward to the work before us from now to November.”
Terje Anderson, chair of the Vermont Democratic Party said this is among the strongest tickets we’ve seen in many years. “I’m so excited to be working everyday to elect this tremendous slate of Democratic candidates. Together, we are shaping the future of our state for generations to come.”
R. Christopher Di Mezzo
Director of Communications
Vermont Democratic Party
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