Vermont elections, 2012

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Vermont's 2012 general elections were held on November 6, 2012. Primary elections were held on August 28, 2012.

Federal[edit]

United States Senate[edit]

Incumbent Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who has held the position since 2007, is running for re-election. He is also seeking the nominations of the Democratic and Progressive parties unopposed, but is expected to decline both after the primary so that no other candidate will appear from those party lines on the general election ballot to split the vote with him.[1][2]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates
Results

Other candidates[edit]

  • Cris Ericson (U.S. Marijuana), perennial candidate, also running for Governor[5]
  • Laurel LaFramboise (VoteKISS)[6]
  • Peter Moss (Peace and Prosperity)[6]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative Peter Welch, who has held the position since 2007, is running for re-election.[7]

Mark Donka, a police officer and former member of the Hartford Board of Selectmen, is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Welch.[8]

Other general election candidates include James "Sam" Desrochers, who is running as an Independent, and Andre LaFramboise, who is running on the VoteKISS line.[9]

State[edit]

Constitutional officers[edit]

Governor[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin, who has held the position since 2011, is running for re-election.[10]

Randy Brock, a state Senator and former state Auditor, is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Shumlin.[11] Martha Abbott, the chairwoman of the Vermont Progressive Party, is also running.[12]

Other general election candidates include Cris Ericson, who is running on the U.S. Marijuana Party line, and Emily Peyton, who is running as an Independent.[1][5]

Lieutenant governor[edit]

Republican incumbent Phil Scott, who has held the position of Lieutenant Governor since 2011, is running for re-election.[13]

Cassandra Gekas, the former health care advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott. Marjorie Power, an attorney and former member of the Montpelier City Council who unsuccessfully challenged Scott as the Progressive nominee in 2010, is running again; however, Power may withdraw if Gekas receives the Progressive Party endorsement.[13][14]

Treasurer[edit]

Democratic incumbent Beth Pearce, who was appointed to the position of Vermont State Treasurer in 2011, is running in her first election for the position.[13]

Wendy Wilton, the Rutland City Treasurer and former state Representative, is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Pearce.[13] Don Schramm, a retired businessman who ran for state Treasurer as the Progressive nominee in 2008 and 2010, is running again.[15]

Secretary of state[edit]

Democratic incumbent Jim Condos, who has held the position of Secretary of State of Vermont since 2011, is currently running unopposed in the primary as well as the general elections. Condos has also been nominated by the Progressive Party.

Liberty Union Party candidate Mary Alice Herbert was the sole declared candidate opposing Condos. She declined to debate Condos. [6][13]

Condos received 86.6% of the votes cast for the office of SoS.

Auditor[edit]

Republican incumbent Tom Salmon, who has held the position of Vermont Auditor of Accounts since 2007, is not running for re-election.[16] State Senator Vincent Illuzzi is seeking the Republican nomination to succeed Salmon.[13]

Doug Hoffer, a policy analyst who unsuccessfully challenged Salmon as the Democratic and Progressive nominee in 2010, is running again on both party lines.[6][16]

Attorney general[edit]

Democratic incumbent William Sorrell, who has held the position of Vermont Attorney General since 1997, is running for re-election.

Jack McMullen, a businessman who ran for the U.S. Senate in 1998 and 2004, is seeking the Republican nomination.[13]

Ed Stanak, a retired state employee and former president of the Vermont State Employees union, is seeking the Progressive nomination.[6]

General Assembly[edit]

State Senate[edit]

All 30 members of the Vermont Senate are up for election. The state Senate currently consists of 20 Democrats, 8 Republicans, and 2 Progressives (who caucus with the Democratic majority).

Open seats

Chittenden: Democratic incumbent Hinda Miller is retiring.[17]

Essex-Orleans: Republican incumbent Vincent Illuzzi is running for state Auditor.[13]

Franklin: Republican incumbent Randy Brock is running for Governor.[11] Democratic incumbent Sara Kittell is retiring.[18]

State House of Representatives[edit]

All 150 members of the Vermont House of Representatives are up for election. The state House currently consists of 94 Democrats, 48 Republicans, 5 Progressives (who caucus with the Democratic majority), and 3 Independents (who also caucus with the Democratic majority).

Open seats

Caledonia-2: Democratic incumbent and House Majority Leader Lucy Leriche is retiring.[17]

Caledonia-4: Republican incumbent Howard Crawford is retiring.[19]

Chittenden-6-3 (Chittenden-3-3 prior to redistricting): Democratic incumbent Jason Lorber is retiring.[20]

Chittenden-6-6: This is a new seat, with no incumbent.

Chittenden-6-7 (Chittenden-3-6 prior to redistricting): Democratic incumbent Kenneth Atkins is retiring.[19]

Chittenden-7-4 (Chittenden-3-9 prior to redistricting): Democratic incumbent Bert Munger is retiring.[19]

Essex-Caledonia: Republican incumbent Janice L. Peaslee is retiring.[21]

Franklin-2 (Franklin-1 prior to redistricting): Democratic incumbent Gary Gilbert is retiring.[19]

Franklin-3-1 (Franklin-3 prior to redistricting): Republican incumbent Dustin Allard Degree is seeking a state Senate seat.[22]

Franklin-5 (Franklin-6 prior to redistricting): Republican incumbent Norman H. McAllister is seeking a state Senate seat.[18]

Franklin-6 (Franklin-2 prior to redistricting): Democratic incumbent Richard Howrigan is retiring.[19]

Lamoille-3 (Lamoille-4 prior to redistricting): Republican incumbent Adam Howard is retiring.[19]

Orleans-1: Republican incumbent Robert Lewis is seeking a state Senate seat.[23]

Rutland-6 (Rutland-7 prior to redistricting): Republican incumbent Joe Acinapura is retiring.[19]

Windham-2-3 (Windham-3-3 prior to redistricting): Progressive incumbent Sarah Edwards is retiring.[24]

Windham-Bennington-Windsor-1: Republican incumbent Oliver Olsen is retiring.[13]

Windsor-2: Democratic incumbent Ernest Shand is retiring.[25]

Windsor-4-2 (Windsor-6-2 prior to redistricting): Democratic incumbent Charles Bohi is retiring.[26]

Auditor of Accounts election[edit]

Vermont Auditor of Accounts,2012
Vermont
2010 ←
November 6, 2012 → 2014

 
Nominee Doug Hoffer Vincent Illuzzi
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 136,347 118,815
Percentage 51.6% 44.97%

Auditor before election

Thomas M. Salmon
Republican

Elected Auditor

Doug Hoffer
Democratic

The 2012 Vermont Auditor of Accounts election took place on November 6,2012. Political newcomer Doug Hoffer defeated his opponent, member of the Vermont senate since 1980 Vincent Illuzzi. Doug Hoffer won the election to a full term which is two years until the Auditor gets re-elected. Vincent Illuzzi conceded the race to Doug Hoffer around 11:30p.m on November 6, 2012.

On May 18, 2012, incumbent Auditor Thomas M. Salmon announced he would not be running for re-election.

Republican Primary[edit]

Candidate[edit]

Democratic Primary[edit]

Candidate[edit]

General Election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Vincent Illuzzi (R), Essex/Orleans State senate
  • Doug Hoffer (D), Self-employed policy analyst

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Progressives nominate Sanders, Hoffer, Condos and Stanak for statewide office". VTDigger.org. June 12, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ Gregg, John P. (March 10, 2012). "MacGovern Plans Run at U.S. Senate". Valley News. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gregg, John P. (March 15, 2012). "Republican in Waiting?". Valley News. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b McCarty, Alicia (November 13, 2011). "A look ahead to the key races in the Northeast in 2012". USA Today. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Dobbs, Taylor (June 14, 2012). "And they're off: Candidates file for races". VTDigger.org. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ Bromage, Andy (April 18, 2012). "Sanders and Welch Raising Big Bucks for Reelection, Despite Lack of Strong Opponents". Seven Days. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ Moats, Thatcher (May 13, 2012). "Vt. politics shifts to campaign mode". Vermont Today. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ Heintz, Paul (June 13, 2012). "Calling All Candidates: One Day Left to File". Seven Days. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Shumlin Announces His Re-election Bid". Vermont Public Radio. June 12, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Galloway, Anne (December 7, 2011). "Vermont GOP backs Brock for 2012 gubernatorial bid". VTDigger.org. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ Heintz, Paul (May 21, 2012). "Prog Candidate to Challenge Gov. Shumlin—At Least For Now". Seven Days. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i Peters, Olga (June 20, 2012). "Windham County to see primary races on Aug. 28". The Commons. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ Hallenbeck, Terri (June 18, 2012). "Gekas to seek support of Vt. Dems, Progs vs. LG Scott". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ Hallenbeck, Terri (May 16, 2012). "Vermont Progressives building a slate of candidates". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Bromage, Andy (May 18, 2012). "Auditor Tom Salmon Not Running for Re-Election, Likely Moving to Washington D.C.". Seven Days. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b Dobbs, Taylor (June 5, 2012). "Trail Tidbits: House leader leaves; Zuckerman shoots for Senate; Tillinghast challenges MacDonald in primary". VTDigger.org. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Hallenbeck, Terri (May 14, 2012). "Franklin County Senate race features boatloads of experience". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g Etnier, Carl (May 8, 2012). "Leaving the Golden Dome: State reps who won't be back". VTDigger.org. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  20. ^ Heintz, Paul (June 8, 2012). "Burlington State Rep. and Former Mayoral Candidate Jason Lorber Will Not Seek Reelection". Seven Days. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  21. ^ Tucker, Edith (May 23, 2012). "Rep. Janice Peaslee will not run for a 13th term". Coos County Democrat. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Rep. Dustin Allard Degree announces state Senate bid". VTDigger.org. June 15, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  23. ^ Hallenbeck, Terri (June 12, 2012). "Illuzzi to run for auditor". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  24. ^ Hallenbeck, Terri (April 9, 2012). "Rep. Edwards not seeking re-election to Vermont House". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  25. ^ Varricchio, Louis (June 14, 2012). "State Rep. Shand retires after 12 years of service". Green Mountain Outlook. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ Bohi, Charles (May 9, 2012). "Rep. Charles Bohi: Montpelier Report #18". Vermont Democratic House Campaign. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 

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