David Zuckerman

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David Zuckerman
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Vermont State Senate Chittenden District
Incumbent
In office
January 9, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyVermont Progressive Party
Compensation
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden 3-4
1997-2010
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Vermont, 1995
Personal
BirthdayNovember 16, 1971
Place of birthBoston, MA
ProfessionOwner, Full Moon Farm
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
David E. Zuckerman is a Progressive member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Chittenden District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. Though he won election to the senate listed as a Democrat, Zuckerman is listed in the Senate roster solely as a Progressive.[1]

He previously served in the Vermont House of Representatives as a member of the Progressive party, representing Chittenden 3-4 from 1997 to 2010.

Biography

Zuckerman earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont in 1995.

Zuckerman worked as a field hand for Peters Farm from 1994 to 1995, for Riverberry Farm in 1997, and for Golden Russet Farm from 1996 to 1998. He has been owner and founder of Full Moon Farm since 1999.

Zuckerman was a Campaign Volunteer Coordinator for the Mayoral Race in 1995. He was also a member of the Progressive Party Board since 2000.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Zuckerman served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Vice-chair
Education

Issues

Marijuana legalization

In January 2014, Zuckerman introduced legislation to legalize up to 2 ounces of marijuana at any one time, including a $50-per-ounce tax in order to cover the costs of regulation.[2] As of July 2013, Vermont law allows possession of one ounce of marijuana, and the state does not collect taxes on it. Zuckerman supported more revenue in order to deal with treatment and recovery for addicts in the state. “And like I said, if there’s more revenue that we could then put toward treatment for those who are addicted to serious drugs then that would be a benefit,” Zuckerman said in an interview.[2]

Zuckerman also said his bill would also bring millions of dollars in savings to the state. “I think certainly we would have to review what overseeing it and regulating it would cost, but given the quantity of marijuana that is already bought and consumed in Vermont I would have to imagine $50 per ounce would generate more than enough to cover the regulatory costs to run such a program,” he said.[2] Under Zuckerman’s proposed $50-per-ounce tax, marijuana sales in 2010 would have generated between $7.3 million to $11 million that year for the state government.

Charter schools

On February 8, 2013, Zuckerman and fellow Senators Donald Collins, Richard McCormack, and Richard Sears introduced a bill to impose more requirements on many independent schools. Under Senate Bill 91, any independent schools which receives public tuition funds for more than one third of its students would be required to hire only state-certified teachers, accept all publicly funded students who apply so long as space permits, provide free and reduced-price lunch to eligible students, and be approved to offer at least four categories of special education.[3] John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute, a free-market think tank, criticized McCormack's bill as "clearly designed to put as many general purpose independent schools under the big fat thumb of the Education Agency in Montpelier." He accused McCormack of attempting to rush the bill through without input from the independent schools.[4] The Vermont Independent Schools Association also opposed the bill, saying, "State control of admissions and of hiring would strongly impair independent schools' ability to fulfill their unique missions."[5] McCormack and bill supporters argued that the independent schools were weakening public education by attracting students and state tuition dollars away from public schools without being required to meet state mandates, such as the requirement to offer expensive special education services. The Vermont National Education Association and the Vermont School Board Association endorsed SB 91. The bill was referred to the Education Committee, chaired by McCormack. Collins and Zuckerman are also members of the five-member committee.

Campaign themes

2012

Zuckerman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[6]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "As a small business owner, I am well aware of the challenges of meeting payroll. There are times when I do not write a paycheck to myself in order to make sure my employees get paid and the account balance remains in the black. I also recognize that the taxes I pay and the permits I need to obtain are part of working in a functioning regulated capitalist system."
  • Taxation
Excerpt: "I believe firmly in a progressive income tax structure. We have moved away from income taxes and towards property taxes, fees, sales tax and other forms of regressive taxation. While it is true that folks with more money often buy more things and use more services, I do not believe that additional money in the pockets of the wealthy create as many jobs as more money in the pockets of the middle class."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "During my 14 year tenure as a Representative in the State House I was a leading environmental legislator. In 2008, I was recognized by the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) as one of the top environmental legislators."
  • Women’s Reproductive Freedom
Excerpt: "I am 100% pro-choice. I believe we need more education about reproduction and human health not less. The more we know, the more responsible we can be. This will improve the health of our young men and women."
  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "As a farmer, I am well aware of the challenges we face as well as the great opportunities that we have. Vermont is in a unique position where we have a brand name and quality reputation that we can capitalize on. While I am most experienced in our diversified and value added agriculture community, I fully recognize that without a strong dairy presence, we do not have enough other agriculture to maintain our needed infrastructure."

Elections

2014

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Chittenden has six state senators. Incumbents Philip Baruth, Virginia Lyons, Michael Sirotkin, David Zuckerman, Timothy Ashe and Dawn Ellis were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Diane Snelling and Joy Limoge were unopposed in the Republican primary. John Cisar, Glyn Wilkinson, Ben Mayer, Paul Washburn, Christopher Coolidge and Travis Spencer are running as Libertarian candidates.[7][8][9][10] Baruth, Lyons, Snelling, Ashe, Sirotkin and Zuckerman defeated Ellis, Limoge, Wilkinson, Cisar, Mayar, Coolidge, Spencer, and Washburn.[11]

Vermont State Senate Chittenden District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia "Ginny" Lyons Incumbent 12.6% 23,488
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Ashe* Incumbent 12.2% 22,790
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Baruth Incumbent 11.9% 22,217
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane B. Snelling Incumbent 11.7% 21,855
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zuckerman** Incumbent 11.4% 21,333
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Sirotkin Incumbent 10.6% 19,738
     Democratic Dawn Ellis 9.9% 18,432
     Republican Joy Limoge 8.5% 15,853
     Libertarian Paul Washburn 2.2% 4,113
     Libertarian John Cisar 2.1% 3,896
     Libertarian Christopher Coolidge 2% 3,694
     Libertarian Travis Spencer 1.8% 3,405
     Libertarian Ben Mayer 1.8% 3,310
     Libertarian Glyn Wilkinson 1.4% 2,706
Total Votes 186,830

*Ashe appeared on the ballot as both a Democratic and Progressive nominee.
**Zuckerman appeared on the ballot as both a Progressive and Democratic nominee.

2012

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Zuckerman won election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Chittenden District. Zuckerman advanced past the August 28 Democratic primary and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[12]

Vermont State Senate, Chittenden District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Ashe Incumbent 16.3% 9,150
Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Lyons Incumbent 15.8% 8,873
Green check mark transparent.pngSally Fox Incumbent 15.2% 8,558
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zuckerman 13.9% 7,838
Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Baruth Incumbent 12.2% 6,859
Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Ingram 9% 5,068
Peter Hunt 8.2% 4,595
Ed Adrian 6.4% 3,629
Loyal Ploof 3% 1,696
Total Votes 56,266

2010

See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Zuckerman did not run for re-election in 2010.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Zuckerman is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Zuckerman raised a total of $39,253 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[13]

David Zuckerman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Chittenden Won $39,253
Grand Total Raised $39,253


2012

Zuckerman won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Zuckerman raised a total of $39,253.
Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Zuckerman's campaign in 2012
Zuckerman, Steven$2,000
Zuckerman, Natalie$1,516
Guadagno, Victor$1,500
Cohen, Ben$1,000
Marijuana Policy Project$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$39,253
Source:Follow the Money

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 14. In 2014, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 7 to May 10.

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Personal

Zuckerman and his wife, Rachel Nevitt, have one child.

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