A number of people who voted in the recent primary election have asked why my name was not on the ballot.
Primary elections are designed to elect candidates who are seeking the nomination of a political party, so independent candidates do not appear anywhere on a primary election ballot.
Rest assured, my name will be on the general election ballot in November! In response to questions about my opponent's Primary Day write-in campaign, and as an independent candidate for the Windham-Bennington-Windsor House district, I think it would be inappropriate for me to accept the nomination of a political party.
I cannot comment or speculate as to why my opponent is actively campaigning for the nomination of a political party, since he has already secured a place on the ballot as an independent and has repeatedly professed his political independence.
Regardless, I look forward to continuing my campaign as an independent - right through Election Day.
I would like to point out that Vermont has an open primary, so anyone can choose a Democratic, Republican, or Progressive ballot and write in a candidate's name - even if they are affiliated with an opposing political party. For that reason, nothing can be inferred from the results of this write-in campaign, including the support or endorsement of a political party.