Cassandra Gekas

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Cassandra Gakas
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Candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
PartyDemocratic
Education
High schoolCentral Dauphin High School (2000)
Bachelor'sPenn State University (2005)
Master'sUniversity of Vermont (2012)
Personal
ProfessionPolicy advocate-Vermont Public Interest Research Group
Websites
Personal website
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Cassandra Gakas was a 2012 Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont in the 2012 elections.[1]

Biography

Gekas was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg in 2000, and went on to receive bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Women's Studies from Penn State University. She attended multiple Penn State campuses during her undergraduate career, but settled near the main campus in State College to begin her career as a women's health advocate. She managed a health clinic until 2004, when moved to Vermont.[2]

Before going back to school in 2008, Gekas worked on a court-mandated domestic violence intervention program, and as the Food Stamp Policy Specialist at Hunger Free Vermont. While studying for her M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont, Gekas spent over two years as a policy advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group helping promote and pass health care reform and consumer protection legislation.[2]

Education

  • Central Dauphin Senior High School (2000)
  • Bachelor's degrees in Political Science, Women's Studies, from Penn State University (2005)
  • Master's in Community Development & Applied Economics, Transportation Access & Quality of Life Among Low-Income Mothers from the University of Vermont (2012)

Elections

2012

See also: Vermont lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Gakas was the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont.[1] She ran unopposed in the primary election on August 28th and was defeated by Republican incumbent Phillip Scott and faced Ben Mitchell (Liberty Union) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

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.


Endorsements


Governor Peter Shumlin introduces Gekas

Gekas was endorsed by Governor of Vermont Peter Shumlin.[5] Other supporters include:

  • Speaker of the House Shap Smith
  • Sen. Anthony Pollina
  • Rep. Jean O’Sullivan
  • Rep. Diane Lanpher
  • Rep. Betty Nuovo
  • Rep. Kesha Ram
  • Rep. Jill Krowinski
  • Rep. Paul Poirier

Campaign donors

2012

Gekas lost the election to the position of Vermont Lieutenant Governor in 2012. During that election cycle, Gekas raised a total of $50,200.

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