With Vermont’s 2022 Town Meeting Day fast approaching, we are excited to introduce you to the full slate of local candidates we are endorsing ahead of the March 1st elections! (Stay tuned for the announcement of Essex endorsements later in the month).
Rights & Democracy proudly supports candidates who are strongly committed to movement co-governance and to building happy, healthy and just communities for all Vermonters.
In addition to our early-endorsed champions, RAD members have voted to endorse an exciting slate of candidates based on their responses to a questionnaire outlining how their platforms align with racial, housing, environmental, economic, and education justice. All endorsed candidates have committed to supporting the Renew New England vision that we are pushing towards in our work with the Vermont Renews coalition.
Meet all of our member-endorsed and early-endorsed candidates:
Joanna Doria, Addison Central School Board**
Jamie McCallum, Addison Central School Board**
Esther Thomas, Middlebury Select Board
Tom Haley, Bennington Select Board**
Martha Cornwell, Shaftsbury Select Board
Zoraya Hightower, Burlington City Council, Ward 1**
Gene Bergman, Burlington City Council, Ward 2**
Joe Magee, Burlington City Council, Ward 3**
FaRied Munarsyah, Burlington City Council, Ward 5**
Ali House, Burlington City Council Ward 8
Monika Ivancic, Burlington School Board, Ward 7**
Reier Erickson, Maple Run School Board**
Anna Tadio, Rutland City Board of Aldermen
Michael Talbott, Rutland City Board of Aldermen
Liz Filskov, Mill River Union School Board**
Jessica Cady Burlew, Springfield School Board
Mary Krueger, Springfield School Board
Melissa Battah, Barre Unified Union School Board**
Conor Casey, Montpelier City Council, District 2**
Jennifer Morton, Montpelier City Council, District 3**
Natasha Eckart Baning, Town of Worcester School Director, Washington Central Unified Union School District**
** indicates the candidate received an early endorsement. To qualify for early endorsement from RAD, candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) a current and active member of RAD, 2) previously endorsed by RAD for the same office; or 3) worked closely with RAD and RAD’s vision while in office.