The Green Papers: Vermont 2015 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ General Assembly selects Governor: Wednesday 7 January 2015
Wednesday 7 January 2015 - General Assembly selects Governor.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:630,337 (0.20% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:3(0.56% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
Capital:Montpelier
 

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Vermont State and Local Government

Vermont 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


The primary is used to select nominees for the Democratic, Progressive, and Republican parties.


If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in the November General Election for Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, or Treasure, the state Legislature chooses the next incumbent.

CHAPTER II, Section 47, paragraph 3 of the CONSTITUTION OF VERMONT reads as follows: "If, at any time, there shall be no election, of Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, or Treasurer, of the State, the Senate and House of Representatives shall by a joint ballot, elect to fill the office, not filled as aforesaid, one of the three candidates for such office (if there be so many) for whom the greatest number of votes shall have been returned."
 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Independent Senator Bernard "Bernie" Sanders
First elected: 2006 (ran as a Democrat in the primary and as an Independent in the General Election); re-elected as an Independent: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Class 3 Democratic Senator Patrick J. Leahy
First elected: 1974; re-elected: 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Senator Patrick J. Leahy
FEC S4VT00017; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,655,036; Dsb $467,267
  Candidate Marijuana     Cris Ericson
Running for the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat and the Governor's chair in 2016.

Governor  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2016. Term Limit: None, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2012, 2014.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Chair - 8 June 2015: "I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for a fourth term in 2016."
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator Matt Dunne
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Sue Minter
  Candidate Democratic     H. Brooke Paige
    Democratic     state Representative Shap Smith - apparently not a candidate
17 November 2015: Suspended campaign citing his wife's breast cancer.
  Candidate Republican     Bruce Lisman
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott
8 September 2015: Announced his candidacy for Governor in 2016.
  Candidate Marijuana     Cris Ericson
Running for the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat and the Governor's chair in 2016.
 If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in the November General Election, the state Legislature chooses the next Governor.

Lieutenant Governor  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2016

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2012, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 8 September 2015: Announced his candidacy for Governor in 2016.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative Kesha K. Ram
  Candidate Democratic     Brandon Riker
  Candidate Democratic; Progressive     David Zuckerman
  Candidate Republican     former state Auditor Randy Brock
 If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in the November General Election, the state Legislature chooses the next Governor.

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
At-Large Democratic Congressman Peter F. Welch
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Peter F. Welch
FEC H6VT00160; 30 Sep 15; Tot $359,621; Dsb $159,912

Secretary of State  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2016

  Democratic Secretary of State James C. "Jim" Condos
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2012, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016

Attorney General  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2016

  Democratic Attorney General William H. "Bill" Sorrell
Appointed 1997 to fill the unexpired of the term Jeffrey Amestoy; first elected 1998; re-elected: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 29 September 2015: Announced retirement.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan

Treasurer  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2016

  Democratic Treasurer Elizabeth "Beth" Pearce
Appointed 20 December 2010 re: resignation of Jeb Spaulding; first elected: 2012; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in the November General Election, the state Legislature chooses the next Governor.

Auditor of Accounts  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2016

  Democratic Auditor Doug Hoffer
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 7 incumbents, 9 candidates
  Republican: 1 incumbent, 3 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Liberty Union
  Marijuana: 2 candidates
  Progressive: 1 candidate
  Right to Life
Independents
  Independent: 1 incumbent
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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Republican
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Third Party
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  Green Party of Vermont
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  Brattleboro Reformer
  Burlington Free Press
  News & Citizen - Morrisville
  Politics1.com - Vermont
  Rutland Herald
  The Addison County Independent
  The Barre Montpelier Times Argus
  The Deerfield Valley News - West Dover
  The Stowe Reporter
  Valley News - White River Junction
  Valley Reporter - Waitsfield
  Vermont Cynic (UVM)
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  Williston Observer
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