Vermont Secretary of State election, 2010

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In the Vermont Secretary of State election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Democrat Jim Condos defeated Republican Jason Gibbs and Liberty Union Party candidate Leslie Marmorale. The candidates sought to replace former secretary of state Deborah Markowitz, who made an unsuccessful run for Vermont Governor in 2010.

Both Condos and Gibbs won their partisan primary elections on August 24. A Progressive party candidate, Peter A. Cooper, also won his party's primary election, but did not appear on the ballot in November.

June 17 was the deadline for filing nominating signatures.


A month after filing the proper paperwork to set the foundation for her campaign, Markowitz formally announced her entry into the state's gubernatorial contest on March 8, 2009.[1][2] She faced off against four other candidates - State Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin, State Senator Douglas Racine, State Senator Susan Bartlett, and former State Senator Matt Dunne - vying for the Democratic nomination.

Race tracking

Ballotpedia predicted a Democrat would become Vermont's new Secretary of State.

2010 Ballotpedia Race Rankings for Vermont Secretary of State
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Likely Democrat
Overall Call Likely Democrat

General election


On November 2, 2010, Jim Condos won election to the office of Secretary of State of Vermont. He defeated Jason Gibbs (R) and Leslie Marmorale (Liberty Union) in the general election.

Secretary of State of Vermont, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Jim Condos 53.5% 122,599
     Republican Jason Gibbs 44.1% 101,144
     Liberty Union Leslie Marmorale 2.3% 5,315
     Write-In Various 0.1% 222
Total Votes 229,280
Election Results Via: Vermont Secretary of State


According to Follow the Money, the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates is as follows:

Vermont Secretary of State Campaign Finance
Candidate Total Contributions
Jim Condos[3] $83,142
Jason Gibbs[4] $69,947
Leslie Marmorale[5] $0


Jim Condos

Jason Gibbs

  • Burlington Free Press, local newspaper[8][9]
  • Herald of Randolph, local newspaper[9]
  • Manchester Journal, local newspaper[9]
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)[10]


See also: Polls, 2010 Secretaries of State

Mason-Dixon Poll

Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc., an independent polling firm and the nation's most active state polling organization, surveyed 625 registered voters from across Vermont between October 11 and 13, 2010. The polling data shows that Jim Condos holds a narrow three percent point advantage over his Republican challenger, Jason Gibbs, with three weeks left until the general election. Further breakdown of the polling numbers show independent voters, a much sought after voter demographic, favoring Gibbs over Condos thirty-nine to twenty-nine percent.

Mason-Dixon Poll - October 11 - 13, 2010[11]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Jim Condos (D) 39%
Jason Gibbs (R) 36%
Leslie Marmorale (LUP) 2%
Undecided 23%
Total voters 625


Jason Gibbs

August 24, 2010 primaries

See also: Vermont gubernatorial election, 2010; Vermont Attorney General election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary


Electoral results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[14]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Jim Condos 66.3%
     Democratic Party Charles Merriman 32.1%
     Write-In 1.6%
Total Votes 54,929


Jim Condos

Charles Merriman

  • The Manchester Journal, local newspaper[25]


According to the Vermont Secretary of State's Office, as of August 2, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Jim Condos Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [26] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
January 1 - July 1, 2010[27] July 15, 2010 $0.00 $22,714.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,920.00 $13,794.00
Charles Merriman Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [26] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
January 1 - July 1, 2010[28] July 21, 2010 $5,097.99 $16,419.00 $750.00 $11,021.38 $29,155.82 $3,382.55

Progressive Party primary


  • Peter A. Cooper

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary


Public debates

Although Gibbs and Roy started on friendly terms with each other, tempers began to flare over the issue of public debates. A few days after Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation Jason Gibbs launched his campaign, Roy, his sole challenger in the Republican primary contest, challenged him to a series of thirteen public debates, one for each week until the August 24 primary election.[31] Gibbs responded by saying that "he would be happy to debate as frequently as his campaign schedule allows, but added that he would prefer to have all the secretary of state candidates on stage with them for the debates."[32]

Roy, however, accused Gibbs of being less than honest with the voters of Vermont in his opinion about the issue of public debates.[33] In an email sent to supporters, Gibbs referred to the idea of public debates between him and primary challenger as "silliness" and argued that his "response to the debate question depended on the feedback he got from his supporters."[34] Roy said that Gibbs was engaging in typical political double-speak and, rather than making decisions himself, places the burden on his supporters as to whether or not he should be involved in something that would allow the voters "to see us together as we engage in a productive exchange of ideas."[33]

Electoral results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary[14]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jason Gibbs 56.3%
     Republican Party Chris Roy 42.9%
     Write-In 0.7%
Total Votes 25,921


According to the Vermont Secretary of State's Office, as of August 2, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Jason Gibbs Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [26] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
January 1 - July 1, 2010[35] July 15, 2010 $0.00 $20,986.03 $4,966.03 $0.00 $8,067.69 $12,918.34
Chris Roy Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [26] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
January 1 - July 1, 2010[36] July 16, 2010 $(677.77) $43,315.35 $2,987.35 $5,031.35 $32,500.95 $10,136.63


Jason Gibbs

Chris Roy


National Popular Vote Act

The National Popular Vote Act (NPVA) is part of a nationwide movement, backed mainly by prominent and influential left-leaning political activists, among them billionaire George Soros, seeking to undermine the electoral college. Rather then push for a federal amendment drastically altering this process or removing it altogether, proponents of NPVA are going from state-to-state requesting states legislatures to vote in favor of entering an interstate agreement whereby each of the respective individual states is required to "award state electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote plurality, despite the vote in their own states."[41] It is believed that if a coalition of individual states controlling at least 270 electoral votes is formed, it could effectively disable the electoral college without having to drag out a lengthy, and most likely unsuccessful, constitutional amendment process. The problem, critics argue, is that this directly undermines the procedural method of making changes to the United States Constitution that the Founding Fathers established over two-hundred years ago.

As of July 2010, only six states, none of them considered "battleground" or "swing" states, have entered the compact - New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington, and Hawaii, after the state legislature overrode the veto by the governor. James Condos, along with fellow state senators Bill Carris, Claire Ayer, Donald Collins, Hinda Miller, Peter Shumlin, and Richard McCormack, introduced the National Popular Vote measure, Senate Bill 270 (S. 270), to the Vermont State Senate in January 2008.[42] Though it passed both the House and the Senate in the Vermont State Legislature, the National Popular Vote bill was vetoed by Republican Governor Jim Douglas.

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  1. Times Argus, "Markowitz files papers for possible campaign" 8 Feb. 2009
  2. The Burlington Free Press, "Deb Markowitz launches campaign for governor" 8 March, 2009
  3. Follow the, "Jim Condos candidate summary," May 9, 2011
  4. Follow the, "Jason Gibbs candidate summary," May 9, 2011
  5. Follow the, "Leslie Marmorale candidate summary," May 9, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 VT Digger, "Condos endorsed by 12 unions, trade groups" 14 Oct. 2010
  7. VT Digger, "VLCV endorses Leahy, Welch, Howard and Condos" 4 Oct. 2010
  8. Burlington Free Press, "Voice of the Free Press: Recommendations for statewide offices" 22 Oct. 2010
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 VT Digger, "Burlington Free Press, Herald of Randolph, Manchester Journal endorse Gibbs" 22 Oct. 2010
  10. VT Digger, "NFIB endorses Gibbs, Scott" 7 Oct. 2010
  11. Vermont Public Radio, "VPR Poll Shows Voters Undecided In Several Statewide Races" 15 Oct. 2010
  12. Times Argus, "Roy, Merriman eye secretary of state's race" 10 March, 2009
  13. VT Digger, "On video: Jim Condos announces bid for Vermont Secretary of State; runs on transparency platform" 1 April, 2010
  14. 14.0 14.1 Vermont Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Addison County Independent, "Editorial: Primary endorsements" 19 Aug. 2010
  16. 16.0 16.1 Bennington Banner, "Condos, Roy for Secretary of State" 19 Aug. 2010
  17. Green Mountain Daily, "Jim Condos' Experience is Needed in the Secretary of State's Office" 28 July, 2010
  18. Burlington Free Press, "Firefighters back Dubie, Howard, Condos" 28 July, 2010
  19. VT Digger, "Fire Fighters of Vermont endorse Dubie, Howard and Condos" 30 July, 2010
  20. Seven Days, "Racine to Wear the Union Label" 7 June, 2010
  21. Seven Days, "State Workers Endorse Democrat Doug Racine" 16 June, 2010
  22. Times Argus, "Racine grabs VSEA backing" 16 June, 2010
  23. Burlington Free Press, "Troopers endorse Condos" 16 July, 2010
  24. VT Digger, "Troopers endorse Condos for Secretary of State" 19 July, 2010
  25. 25.0 25.1 The Manchester Journal, "Jason Gibbs; Charles Merriman for Secretary of State nominations" 11 Aug. 2010
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  27. Vermont Secretary of State - Jim Condos July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  28. Vermont Secretary of State - Charles Merriman July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  29. Rutland Herald, "Chris Roy announces he will run for secretary of state" 14 Feb. 2009
  30. The Burlington Free Press, "Gibbs to run for Vermont secretary of state" 30 April, 2010
  31. Burlington Free Press, "Chris Roy challenged Jason Gibbs to 13 debates in GOP secretary of state race" 19 May, 2010
  32. Rutland Herald, "GOP candidates promise lively campaign for secretary of state" 18 May, 2010
  33. 33.0 33.1 VT Digger, "Roy accuses Gibbs of “demeaning public debate”" 24 May, 2010
  34. Burlington Free Press, "Jason Gibbs responds to Chris Roy debate challenge" 20 May, 2010
  35. Vermont Secretary of State - Jason Gibbs July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  36. Vermont Secretary of State - Chris Roy July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 VT Digger, "Caledonian Record, four lawmakers back Gibbs" 19 Aug. 2010
  38. Burlington Free Press, "Douglas backs Gibbs" 21 June, 2010
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 Burlington Free Press, "Gibbs lists Rutland lawmakers as backers" 10 June, 2010
  40. Burlington Free Press, "Roy endorsed by Minn. gov." 25 May, 2010
  41. Telegram & Gazette, "Massachusetts should reject National Popular Vote Plan" 14 Feb. 2008
  42. Vermont State Legislature - S. 270