Robert Hooper

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Robert Hooper
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Former candidate for
Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden-6-1 District
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University, 1979
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Robert Hooper was a 2014 Democratic candidate for Chittenden-6-1 District of the Vermont House of Representatives.[1] He earned his place on the general election ballot after a successful write-in campaign.[2]

Previously, Hooper was a 2012 Democratic candidate for Chittenden 6-1 of the Vermont House of Representatives, but he lost in the primary.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Hooper's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Taxation/School Funding
Excerpt: "Rather than focusing upon wholesale cutting, I favor an approach that adjusts the current system to capture available resources that may now be somewhat ignored, lowering taxation on the individual while looking at corporate and unearned income more critically."
  • Jobs/Growth of Industry/Environmental Issues
Excerpt: "We have branches of state government that concern themselves with economic development, but I am not sure that they are doing their "job" as effectively as they could or should. Good paying jobs within an industry that is environmentally sensitive should be at the top of our "to do" list. I pledge to do whatever is necessary to push state government into a more aggressive mode in hopes of recapturing an environmentally responsible industrial base for our state."
  • Responsible Business
Excerpt: "During the week of October 10th, I drove to Montpelier and noticed that at our local New North End gas station, fuel was $3.49 per gallon. Upon my arrival in Montpelier I found gasoline readily available at most stations for significantly less-as low as 3.28 per gallon…To say with a straight face that it costs Cumberland Farms or Maplefields .20/gallon to drive the 40 some miles up the interstate to Burlington???? Sorry, NOT buying it!! This is price gouging of North Western Vermont residents pure and simple."
  • Healthcare Reform or Restructuring
Excerpt: "In the world of corporate healthcare, be it called "for profit" or "non profit", there IS a premium paid by the consumer. Frankly when Blue Cross/Shield of VT was able to come up with a couple of extra million dollars as a parting "gift" for a retiring CEO, it clearly demonstrated to us that NON PROFIT didn't mean that there was not a LOT of extra cash laying around…Single payer is the rage of the day. And I think it has great potential. Many are discussing the format and benefit structure of the State Employees Medical Plan as the foundation for our statewide plan, and as a current member of that system, I agree that it is a fine place to start."
  • Campaign Finance
Excerpt: "Surely if we put our minds to it, Vermonters can introduce some measure of sanity into the world of how we finance campaigns, and ultimately, the degree our politicians are feeling the pressure to respond to corporate interests over those of their districts."[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont House of Representatives 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-6-1 has two state representatives. Incumbent Joanna Cole was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Kurt Wright and Michael Ly were unopposed in the Republican primary. Loyal Ploof and Roy Collette are running as Libertarian candidates.[1][4][5][6] Democrat Robert Hooper secured a place on the general election ballot after a successful write-in campaign. Wright and Cole defeated Hooper, Ly, Ploof and Collette in the general election.[2]

Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden-6-1 District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Wright Incumbent 31% 1,598
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoanna Cole Incumbent 24.6% 1,265
     Republican Michael Ly 23.6% 1,217
     Democratic Robert Hooper 18.5% 953
     Libertarian Loyal Ploof 1.3% 68
     Libertarian Roy Collette 1% 49
Total Votes 5,150

2012

See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hooper ran in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden 6-1. He was defeated by incumbent William Aswad and Joanna Cole in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012.[7][8]

Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 6-1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoanna Cole 36.3% 658
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Aswad Incumbent 34.1% 619
Robert Hooper 29.6% 536
Total Votes 1,813

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