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Vermont Democrats Win Big in Key Races
November 7, 2018
MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Democratic Party, in a tremendous show of strength and resilience, have secured a veto-proof majority in the Vermont House. The Party is also celebrating huge wins at the statewide level — the re-election of Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, Treasurer Beth Pearce, Secretary of State Jim Condos, Auditor Doug Hoffer, and Attorney General T.J. Donovan. Additionally, Vermont Democrats grew our majority in the Senate, picking up a long-held Republican seat in Rutland County.
During the last session, Governor Scott vetoed legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, ensure paid family leave, and protect our drinking water. Vermonters overwhelmingly disagreed with Scott’s reckless use of the veto and voted to strip him of that power. Never again will this Governor squander the progress we have and will again make for all Vermonters.
“In the last session you all know the record number of vetos that happened — tonight Vermonters said that’s not what we want,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson speaking at the Vermont Democratic Party’s election night celebration.
She continued, “Tonight is a really good night to be a Democrat. Tonight voters across Vermont are sending a really clear message: We need a state that works for everyone.”
While we are celebrating great victories up and down the ballot, our gubernatorial nominee, Christine Hallquist, lost her race to unseat Phil Scott. She was a great candidate, championing a Vermont that works for all of us. We’re so proud of her and her history-making campaign.
“Vermonters voted with us and for us, now it’s time to deliver,” said Terje Anderson, chair of the Vermont Democratic Party.