After Bern: How Bernie Sanders Stunned the Establishment

July 20, 2016; Paul Heintz; Seven Days

If Clinton defeats Trump, Sanders will return to the Senate as the voice of the loyal, progressive opposition. It’s a role that suits him. But his most lasting impact may be in the hearts and minds of the young people he inspired to vote — and run for office.

“I think you’re going to see this play out for a generation,” said Millar, who is himself running for state representative. “A lot of folks are just waking up.”

That is the political revolution.

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Candidates register to appear on ballots

June 10, 2016; Jess Aloe; Burlington Free Press

Vermont’s slate of political possibilities was finalized at 5 p.m, Thursday, the deadline for candidates to register with the Secretary of State’s Office or their local town clerk to appear on the ballot in November or in the August Primary major party candidates.

The Secretary of State’s Office maintains a list of all candidates who have qualified for the ballot. The following is a list of candidates for statewide offices and Chittenden County legislative races who appear on the secretary of state’s list as of Tuesday morning.

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Candidate filings show who’s running, who’s leaving

June 1, 2016; Jasper Craven; VT Digger

The lineup of party candidates in races across the state is essentially complete, with more than 300 people having submitted the necessary paperwork and signatures to the secretary of state’s office.

Roughly a third of the registered candidates are Republicans and two-thirds Democrats. Vermonters go to the polls for the primaries Aug. 9.

Candidates had to file their paperwork last week, but town clerks had until this week to forward it to the secretary of state’s office. One candidate was granted a filing extension.

Four candidates have registered as Progressives, including Boots Wardinski for lieutenant governor. Three Progressives are running for the House: Robert Millar, of Winooski, Daniel Nadeau, of Highgate, and Dottye Ricks, of Barre Town.

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Press Release: Robert Millar of Winooski Announces Candidacy for Vermont House

Winooski, VT – Robert Millar is excited to announce his candidacy as a Progressive candidate for the Chittenden 6-7 House district, which includes the city of Winooski and part of the city of Burlington.

Robert has lived in Winooski for more than seven years. He served two years on the Winooski School Board (one as Board President), three terms as a Justice of the Peace and member of the Board of Civil Authority, and was elected to the Winooski City Council in 2015. Prior to being elected to the Council he served on the city’s Development Review Board. He has represented Winooski on the Green Mountain Transit (formerly CCTA) Board of Commissioners for the last two years.

Robert’s professional background has primarily been in public relations, office operations, and government reform. He was Office Manager for Senator Bernie Sanders’ successful 2012 reelection campaign; Executive Director of the Vermont Progressive Party from 2013-2014; and currently is Deputy Director of Operations for Senator Sanders’ 2016 Presidential Campaign.

On running, Robert had this to say:

“I’m proud to have called Winooski my home for nearly a decade and to have had the opportunity to be involved in my community in so many ways during that time. It has been amazing to be a part of the recent renaissance in Winooski. As the city continues to grow and thrive, I look forward to remaining involved and I feel one of the best ways I can do that is to run to represent our district in Montpelier.”

A kickoff event for the campaign will be held in mid-June.

Winooski to get hotel on downtown circle

April 2, 2016; Elizabeth Murray; Burlington Free Press

WINOOSKI – In recent years, Winooski has become a destination for restaurants, local breweries and startup businesses — now developers want to add a hotel to the mix.

The City Council has approved a design plan to put a six-story, 97-room hotel in the Winooski’s downtown traffic circle area, and the Winooski Hotel Group LLC will move forward with permits and funding.

The design, approved by a 3-1 vote during the council’s meeting Monday, would place the hotel on a parcel of land at 4 Winooski Falls Way. The Winooski Hotel Group LLC bought the land in 2014 for the purpose of developing a hotel and restaurant, according to city council documents.

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Vermont’s elected Progressives endorse Sanders for president

June 12, 2015; VTD Staff; Vermont Digger

Elected officials of the party that claims Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as one of its own made it clear Friday that he is their choice for president in 2016.

The Vermont Progressive Party, whose origins date back to Sanders’ surprise victory 34 years ago in the Burlington mayoral race, endorsed Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination Friday in a news release.

Fifteen elected officials who ran on the November ballot as Progressives, including State Auditor Doug Hoffer, the only statewide Progressive officeholder, signaled their support for Sanders.

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Winooski voters hand Seth Leonard, 32, the mayor’s chair; Weinberger handily beats opponents in Burlington

March 4, 2015; Erin Mansfield; VT Digger

With five mayoral elections across the state Tuesday, four of those seats went to incumbents over age 40. But Winooski voters took a fresh track and promoted 32-year-old Seth Leonard from city councilor to mayor.

Leonard bought a house in Winooski in 2011 and was elected to the city council in 2013. On Tuesday, he defeated Bill Norful, who had been mayor from 1991 to 1999, by a 627-408 vote. Leonard raised just $1,138, according to a Feb. 21 campaign finance report, and spent $972. Incumbent Michael O’Brien did not run for re-election.

The part-time mayor of Winooski serves as the chair of the city council, and Leonard said he will keep his job as the outreach coordinator at the Vermont Housing Finance Agency in Burlington.

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Winooski: Leonard wins mayor, F-35 question approved

Mar 3, 2015; Elizabeth Murray; Burlington Free Press

WINOOSKI – Bill Norful shook Seth Leonard’s hand, congratulating the mayor-elect before leaving the Winooski Senior Center with his wife.

Norful, who had served previously as mayor from 1991 until 1999, offered no comment other than to congratulate Leonard on his election to a three-year seat.

Town Meeting Day voting in Winooski resulted in Leonard’s victory, 627-408 votes, the approval of an F-35 lawsuit question and both town and school budgets. In all, 1,065 residents of the 5,496 registered voters in Winooski cast ballots.

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Seth Leonard Wins Winooski Mayoral Race by Big Margin

Mar 3, 2015; Mark Davis; Seven Days

Seth Leonard, a Winooski resident for four years, was elected the city’s mayor today, beating defense attorney Bill Norful 627-408, according to preliminary results.

Leonard, 32, campaigned as a uniter who could bring together Winooski’s diverse groups — young professionals, refugees and families who have called the Onion City home for generations. An Indiana native, Leonard moved to Winooski in 2011. He served on the city council for the past two years, and said he helped to stabilize the city’s finances while in office.

Leonard said he had spent more than 12 hours outside today at the polls today greeting voters.

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