Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Vermont State Executive Officials

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December 13, 2012

By Jennifer Springer

Portal:State Executive Officials

Montpilier, Vermont: Six state executive positions were up for election this year in the state of Vermont:

Of these six positions, incumbent auditor Thomas Salmon was the only incumbent who did not run for re-election in 2012.[1] Salmon said he can retire with satisfaction after having achieved all the goals he set for the office, and plans to move on to "new challenges."[1]


Three candidates filed for Governor of Vermont at the outset of the 2012 election season, incumbent Peter Shumlin (D), state Senator Randy Brock (R) and Martha Abbott (Vermont Progressive Party), and none faced a primary challenger.[2]

Martha Abbott, the Progressive Party nominee, who was nominally unopposed in the primary, dropped out of the race one week after the primary election. Her candidacy was a purely strategic maneuver to prevent another member of her party from winning, and she said she wanted to yield her party's support to help Shumlin win re-election.[3]

Three third-party candidates - Emily Peyton (Independent) and Cris Ericson (United States Marijuana) and Dave Eagle (Liberty Union) - also made their way onto the ballot for governor this year.

Lieutenant governor Phillip Scott won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the primary election on August 28th[2] and defeated Cassandra Gekas (D) and Ben Mitchell (Liberty Union) in the general election.[4][5]

Democratic incumbent secretary of state Jim Condos defeated Liberty Union Party candidate Mary Alice Herbert in the 2012 general election.[6]

Incumbent attorney general Bill Sorrell successfully defended his seat in the 2012 election. The Democratic attorney general was first appointed by former Gov. Howard Dean in 1997. Sorrell, who served two terms as Chittenden County Attorney State's attorney prior to taking office as the Vermont's top law enforcement official, has won re-election, without serious contest, since his initial appointment. Sorrell is the longest-serving AG in the state's history.[7]

Sorrell faced one challenger, Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan, in the August 28th Democratic primary election, which he narrowly won.[8] The former assembled a crack team of Vermont-native experts to guide his "grassroots" campaign, including veteran Governor and Lieutenant Governor campaigner and fundraising maven Sam Winship as his campaign manager.[9]

Incumbent treasurer Elizabeth Pearce won re-election in 2012. The campaign for treasurer between Pearce and Republican challenger Wendy Wilton, both of whom ran unopposed in their parties' primaries, has become the most hotly contested statewide race of the season.

Democratic candidate Doug Hoffer won election to the position of auditor. Hoffer ran unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary. He defeated Republican Vince Illuzzi (who was unopposed in his party's primary), and Liberty Union Party candidate Jerry Levy in the general election.[5]

Here are the candidates who won election:[5]

Office Incumbent General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Peter Shumlin
Shumlin.jpg
Democratic Party Peter Shumlin
Republican Party Randy Brock
Independent Emily Peyton
Independent Cris Ericson
Independent Dave Eagle
Peter Shumlin No
Lieutenant Governor Phillip Scott
Scott.jpg
Democratic Party Cassandra Gekas
Republican Party Phillip Scott
Independent Ben Mitchell
Phillip Scott No
Attorney General Bill Sorrell
Bill Sorrell.jpg
Democratic PartyBill Sorrell
Republican Party Jack McMullen
Lime2.png Ed Stanak
Bill Sorrell No
Secretary of State Jim Condos
Jim Condos.jpg
Democratic PartyJim Condos
Independent Mary Alice Herbert
Jim Condos No
Treasurer Elizabeth Pearce
Elizabeth Pearce.jpg
Democratic PartyElizabeth Pearce
Republican PartyWendy Wilton
Lime2.png Don Schramm
Independent Jessica Diamondstone
Elizabeth Pearce No
Auditor Thomas Salmon
Thomas Salmon.jpg
Democratic PartyDoug Hoffer
Republican PartyVince Illuzzi
Independent Jerry Levy
Doug Hoffer Yes


Official Results


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See also: Vermont gubernatorial election, 2012
Governor of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Shumlin Incumbent 57.8% 170,749
     Republican Randy Brock 37.6% 110,940
     Independent Emily Peyton 2% 5,868
     United States Marijuana Cris Ericson 1.9% 5,583
     Liberty Union Dave Eagle 0.4% 1,303
     Independent Write-in 0.3% 969
Total Votes 295,412
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

See also: Vermont gubernatorial election, 2012
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Scott Incumbent 57.1% 162,787
     Democratic Cassandra Gekas 40.4% 115,015
     Liberty Union Ben Mitchell 2.4% 6,975
     Independent Write-in 0.1% 257
Total Votes 285,034
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

See also: Vermont attorney general election, 2012
Attorney General of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Sorrell Incumbent 57.9% 164,441
     Republican Jack McMullen 33.3% 94,588
     Progressive Ed Stanak 5.5% 15,629
     Liberty Union Rosemarie Jackowski 3% 8,533
     Independent Write-in 0.2% 588
Total Votes 283,779
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

See also: Vermont secretary of state election, 2012
Vermont Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Condos Incumbent 86.6% 225,801
     Liberty Union Mary Alice Herbert 13.1% 34,105
     Independent Write-in 0.3% 876
Total Votes 260,782
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

See also: Vermont down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Vermont Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Pearce Incumbent 52.3% 147,700
     Republican Wendy Wilton 40.7% 114,947
     Progressive Don Schramm 4.4% 12,497
     Liberty Union Jessica Diamondstone 2.5% 6,939
     Independent Write-in 0.1% 198
Total Votes 282,281
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

See also: Vermont down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Vermont State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Hoffer 51.3% 140,805
     Republican Vince Illuzzi 45.1% 123,806
     Liberty Union Jerry Levy 3.4% 9,381
     Independent Write-in 0.1% 276
Total Votes 274,268
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


National picture

States with 2012 executive elections

There were 94 total seats up for election across 22 states this year, including 11 Governors, 9 Lt. Governors, 10 Attorneys General, 7 Secretaries of State and 57 down ballot seats.

  • Before the election, 51 of these offices were held by Democrats, 38 were held by Republicans, and the remaining 4 positions were held by non partisan or Independent officers . After the election, Democrats hold 49 (net loss of 2 seats), Republicans 42 (net gain of 4 seats), and Independents/non partisans only 1 (loss of 3).
  • Of the 69 incumbents who ran for election in 2012, 7 were defeated-6 Democrat and 1 Republican. Democratic Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau narrowly escaped that fate, having had to wait for her challenger to cancel a self-financed recount on December 11, 2012 before being named the official winner.[10]
  • Out of 25 total open seats, 13 were won by Democrats, 11 went to Republican, and 1 went to an Independent (non-partisan) candidate. In all, there are 34 new state executives as a result of the election.
  • From the gubernatorial perspective, after the November 2012 election, there are 30 Republican and 19 Democratic governors.[11] If the GOP had taken five governor seats from Democrats on November 6, that would have given the party 34 -- the most for Republicans since 1922. As of December 2012, the number of Democratic governors in the country is at its lowest since 2001.
2012 State Executive Election Partisan Breakdown
Party Before 2012 Election After 2012 Election Net Change
Democratic 51 50 -1
Republican 38 43 +5
Independent (Non-partisan) 4 1 -3
TOTALS 931 vacant 94
2012 State Executive Election Analysis
Party Open Seat Winners Defeated Incumbents New State Executives
Democratic 13 6 15
Republican 11 1 18
Independent (Non-partisan) 1 0 1
TOTALS 25 7 34

See also

Vermont

References

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