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