Meet RAD’s 2023 Town Meeting Day Candidates


As we move toward Vermont’s 2023 Town Meeting Day, we are excited to introduce you to the full slate of local candidates that we are endorsing ahead of March 7th!

Rights & Democracy (RAD) is proud to support candidates who are committed to courageous leadership in the struggle to win the bold changes that Vermont’s working families need, and to build just, equitable, and thriving communities for us all.

RAD’s Board has voted to endorse an exciting slate of candidates based on their responses to our 2023 endorsement questionnaire, outlining how their platforms align with RAD’ core values and the principles of co-governance, and how they plan to work alongside, and advance policies that center, Vermont’s most impacted communities. All of these candidates have signed the Renew U.S. candidate commitment pledge, signaling their commitment to advancing climate, social, and economic justice. 

Now, meet the candidates!


Teddy Waszazak, Barre City Council, Ward 2
Emel Cambel, Barre City Council, Ward 1
Jessica Callahan Gelter, Brattleboro Select Board
Melo Grant, Burlington City Council Central District
Will Anderson, Burlington City Council, South District
Janelle Sahutski, Hartford Select Board
Tom Abdelnour, Montpelier City Council, District 3
Merrick Modun, Montpelier City Council, District 2, 1 year term
Roderick J Owens, Newport Mayor
Alex Hilliard, Poultney Select Board
Jimmy Leas, South Burlington City Council


Ellen Whelan-Wuest, Addison Central School District, Cornwall
Ron Mordechai Makleff, Addison Central School District, Middlebury
Ben Moore, Barre City School Board