The results of this year’s midterm elections are in and there were many big wins for the health of Vermont’s families, environment and democracy in the mix — from the election of outspoken public interest champions to the passage of progressive local ballot measures.
Leading up to the election, we were proud to have recruited more than 110 candidates for Vermont office to sign the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge — a rejection of the influence of dirty fossil fuel money in our democracy by pledging not to accept campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry.
We’re thrilled to report that of the 150 candidates elected to the Vermont House of Representatives, 60 had taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge — or 40% of the overall members of the House of Representatives.
In the Senate, 17 victors had signed on to the pledge, which is greater than 55% of the 30-member Senate body.
With this many of our elected officials pledging to prioritize the public interest over fossil fuel industry profits, now is the time to pursue the bold action on climate change that we’ve been waiting for. In light of the recent IPCC report on the imminent dangers of ever-increasing global temperatures, it is more important than ever that our elected officials tackle this issue head on and implement policies that work to build Vermont’s resiliency going into the future. The first step in this process is building a democracy that answers to the needs of its constituents, rather than corporate executives’ bottom lines.
The elections are over, and now it’s time to get to work.