FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from the Vermont Democratic Party Thursday, June 17, 2020 CONTACT: RCDiMezzo@vtdemocrats.org
Vermont Democratic Party Chair Terje Anderson to Step Down
MONTPELIER, VT — Today Vermont Democratic Party chair, Terje Anderson, informed the Party’s Executive Committee of his resignation. Anderson told the committee that he will be stepping down from his responsibilities as Chair to focus on his health.
Anderson, addressing his resignation, said:
It has been nearly three years since I was first elected as Vermont Democratic Party Chair. Sadly, I have to announce that I will be stepping down to deal with on-going health issues that prevent me from being able to continue to devote the time, the energy, and the focus that being Chair requires.
Serving as Vermont Democratic Party Chair has been one of the greatest honors of my decades of political involvement, and it greatly saddens me to have to leave. But, especially during an election year, the Party deserves to have a Chair who can fulfill the role. I will remain involved and fully support the VDP in any way I can going forward, albeit in a more limited capacity.
I leave with full confidence in the capable professional staff that carries out the work of the party day-to-day, in our talented elected officials and candidates, and in the countless volunteers who lead on the state, county and town committees, and all those who support the party across the state.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve for the last three years. While it has certainly been challenging at times, I am proud of what we have accomplished as a team and knowing that the VDP is in a much stronger place than we were before.
According to the Vermont Democratic Party’s by-laws, an election for a new Chair cannot take place until at least 30 days after announcement of a resignation. The State Committee will hold a special meeting to elect a new Chair in late August or early September. In the meantime, Anderson will be working with an ad hoc committee of Party officers and committee members to make certain that all essential work of the Chair is still done.
During Anderson’s three years as Chair of the Vermont Democratic Party, the organization had grown its House and Senate majorities, re-elected all of its statewide elected officials, built up an impressive state party warchest ahead of the 2020 election, presided over the hiring and continued growth of staff, and participated in negotiations to form the first unionized party staff in the nation.
The Vermont Democratic Party extends its very best to its outgoing leader and looks forward to a smooth transition to its next.
Anderson’s resignation will be effective following the election of a new chair. In the interim, he will be working with an ad hoc committee to ensure the duties of the chair will be fulfilled.