|Vermont State Senate Chittenden District|
|January 9, 2013 - Present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Party||Vermont Progressive Party|
|Per diem||$162/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Vermont House Of Representatives Chittenden 3-4|
|Bachelor's||University of Vermont, 1995|
|Birthday||November 16, 1971|
|Place of birth||Boston, MA|
|Profession||Owner, Full Moon Farm|
Zuckerman earned his BA 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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Zuckerman served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture, Vice-chair|
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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." 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.
Zuckerman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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.
Zuckerman did not run for re-election in 2010.
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.
|David Zuckerman's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Vermont State Senate, District Chittenden||$39,253|
|Grand Total Raised||$39,253|
2012Zuckerman 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|
|Marijuana Policy Project||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$39,253|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Zuckerman and his wife, Rachel Nevitt, have one child.
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- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Facebook page
- List of Vermont Senators
- Vermont Senate, 2013-2014 roster, retrieved February 7, 2013
- WatchDog.org "The price of pot: VT lawmaker says marijuana tax could be economic boon," January 22, 2014
- Text of SB 91, accessed March 7, 2013
- John McClaughry, Ethan Allen Institute, "The Sudden New Assault on Independent Schools," accessed March 7, 2013
- [Caledonian Record, "Senate Bill Threatens School Choice, Independent Schools," February 26, 2013]
- [Alicia Freese, VTDigger.org (Vermont Journalism Trust), "Bill would attach strings to public funds to independent schools," February 28, 2013]
- Campaign website, Positions
- Official primary candidate list
- followthemoney.org, "Zuckerman, David," accessed September 20, 2013