ACLU of Vermont Voter Guide - 2018 State's Attorney Elections

In June 2018, the ACLU of Vermont sent each of the candidates for state's attorney a 20-question survey, inviting them to state their personal views on a range of criminal justice issues ahead of this year’s elections, including prosecutor transparency, police accountability, the opiate epidemic, mental health services, and racial disparities in Vermont’s criminal justice system.

We have received the candidates' responses and posted them word-for-word at the links below. We have noted where no response was received, or where candidates did not provide their own individual responses to each of the questions asked.

This year, there are 21 candidates running for state's attorney in Vermont's 14 counties, including contested primary races in Bennington, Essex, and Lamoille, and at least three contested general elections, in Addison, Lamoille, and Orleans counties. 

Of the 21 candidates surveyed, four provided individualized responses to the full 20-question survey.  Eight candidates submitted a coordinated, collective response via the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs.  Four responded individually, but many of their answers contain language that appears verbatim in the Department's collective response, without attribution.  Four candidates declined to respond.

One candidate registered as an Independent on August 8—after the May deadline for major party candidates, but ahead of the August deadline for non-major party candidates. The ACLU sent the candidate a survey on August 10, requesting a response by September 10.

 

ADDISON

Peter Bevere

Dennis Wygmans

 

BENNINGTON

Arnie Gottlieb

Erica Marthage

Christina Rainville

 

CALEDONIA

Lisa Warren

 

CHITTENDEN

Sarah George

 

ESSEX

Amy Davis

Vincent Illuzzi

 

FRANKLIN

James Hughes

 

GRAND ISLE

Douglas DiSabito

 

LAMOILLE

Elizabeth “Betsy” Anderson

Paul Finnerty

Todd Shove

 

ORANGE

William Porter

 

ORLEANS

Jennifer Barrett

Garrett M. Cornelius

 

RUTLAND

Rose Kennedy

 

WASHINGTON

Rory Thibault

 

WINDHAM

Tracy Shriver

 

WINDSOR

David Cahill

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE'S ATTORNEYS & SHERIFFS (COLLECTIVE RESPONSE)

 

Smart Justice Vermont is a nonpartisan campaign of the ACLU of Vermont. The ACLU of Vermont does not endorse or oppose candidates for office.

 

 

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