|Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 6-4|
|2011 - Present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$107/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
Pearson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "Anyone running for office wants to create jobs but how to do that is a big question. To me we get there by fixing the foundation of our economy. Chiefly that means fixing health care and expanding renewable energy. If we can solidify these two pieces we will be in a much stronger position to attract businesses, release our entrepreneurial side and save money. On energy we should use more local renewable energy and we should position ourselves as a center for research, development and production of energy components."
- Excerpt: "Since 2002 our annual spending on health care is up $2.5 billion. It is literally crushing our economy at the family, business and tax payer level. How much longer will we have to wait for a universal health care system?…Vermonters are clear they favor such a system, but many leaders are still wavering. I will work hard to find ways to move toward a sensible system of reform."
- Renewable Energy
- Excerpt: "When you put the "Made in VT" seal on a block of cheese it fetches a premium up and down the East coast. So why not on solar panels? We should use more local, renewable energy to make up for the energy lost with VT Yankee's closing. And we should create scholarships so young people come to and stay in Vermont to study renewable technology. Let's be on the cutting edge. And let's create components right here."
- Global Warming
- Excerpt: "We have to commit to reducing our energy consumption. We have to look at how we develop the state and what transportation strains it puts on families because cars are Vermont's biggest contributor to greenhouse gases. We have to get serious about this shared problem. My hope is to help invigorate the discussion in Montpelier, bringing together the right people to craft a realistic 10-year plan that will actually have impact."
- Excerpt: "Families who can't meet basic needs often rely on heating assistance, food stamps, government health programs and more. This costs taxpayers money. Instead we should work with employers to increase wages to the point where workers don’t have to rely on government programs to supplement their paycheck."
- Excerpt: "Property tax reform is way overdue in Vermont. I favor the proposal put forward by the League of Cities and Towns that shifts us away from property tax and substitutes an income tax to pay for schools. This is a much better indicator of wealth and could greatly reduce the complex system we have today. In general I favor a progressive tax system that asks the wealthy to pay a higher percentage of tax than working families."
- Support for Small Businesses
- Excerpt: "Fact: small businesses drive Vermont's economy. So why does the state spend millions each year in tax credits for giant corporations that may or may not create the jobs they promise, while we do next to nothing to the folks that actually create jobs and fill state coffers? It's insane. Vermont has to get serious about supporting small businesses if we want to see our economy prosper and good jobs here in the state."
- Democracy Issues
- Excerpt: "Vermont should make simple changes to the way we elect our statewide leaders so we can have more choices and be guaranteed that the majority will rule. Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) would take care of this problem and open us up for the discussions we badly need. Reasonable limits on donations from political parties, corporations and individuals is a start to curb the influence of money. Ultimately I favor a system of public financing like Maine has successfully used for many years."
- Right to Organize
- Excerpt: "Since the industrial revolution labor unions have protected workers and been responsible for improving wages and working conditions. Plus, unions not only help their members but generally push wages up for all workers. Not surprisingly the right to organize has steadily been under attack by giant corporations and lawmakers that do the bidding of wealthy interests. The right to organize a democratically elected union in the work place is a basic human right and must be protected in any way possible."
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pearson served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Health Care|
|• Health Care Oversight|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pearson served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Health Care|
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-6-4 has two state representatives. Incumbent Kesha Ram was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Christopher Pearson ran as a Vermont Progressive Party candidate.Both incumbents were unopposed in the general election.
Pearson won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden 6-4. Pearson was unopposed in the August 28 Vermont Progressive Party primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
Christopher Pearson ran for the Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden 3-4 in 2010. He ran against Diane Gottlieb in the primary on August 24, 2010. He defeated Peg Boyle Single (D) and Diane Gottlieb (P) in the November 2, 2010 general election.
|Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 3-4 General Election (2010)|
|Kesha Ram (D)||1,345|
|Christopher Pearson (Vermont Progressive Party)||1,002|
|Peg Boyle Single (D)||720|
|Diane Gottlieb (Vermont Progressive Party)||196|
Comprehensive donor information for Pearson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Pearson raised a total of $20,697 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 21, 2013.
|Christopher Pearson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Vermont State House, District Chittenden-3-4||$6,496|
|2010||Vermont State House, District Chittenden-3-4||$14,201|
|Grand Total Raised||$20,697|
2012Pearson won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $6,496.
|Vermont House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Christopher Pearson's campaign in 2012|
|Democracy For America||$500|
|Bingham, Diana J||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$6,496|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which Pearson was up for re-election, he collected $14,201 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Vermont House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Christopher Pearson's campaign in 2010|
|Vermont State Employees Association||$1,000|
|Contribution By Candidate Or Candidates Immediate Family||$500|
|Bingham, Diana J||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$14,201|
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- National Federation of Independent Business in Vermont: 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on key small business issues.
- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on whether or not their votes aligned with VBSR’s stance on each policy.
- Vermont Conservation Voters: 2011-2012 Environmental Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their voting records on environmental issues.
- Vermont Public Interest Research Group: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on voting records on VPIRG-backed legislation to promote clean energy, reduce exposure to toxins, make health care more accessible and affordable and protect our democracy.
The Ethan Allen Institute, a Vermont-based free-market public policy research and education organization, released its biennial publication, the Vermont Voters' Report Card, for the years 2011-2012. The report showed how Vermont legislators in the state House and state Senate voted on key issues important to the Institute. Here's how Pearson voted on the selected bills:
|Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012|
|Health Provider Tax||Green Mountain Care||Education Taxation||Green Mountain Care||Property Rate Tax||Health Exchange||Green Mountain Care||Renewable Portfolio||CVPS Rebate|
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- VOTE PEARSON, "Top Issues," accessed October 27, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Candidate Listing," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Independent Candidates and Minor Party Candidates Nominated by Party Committee," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Major Party Nomination Candidate Listing," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Listing," June 13, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Candidate Listing," accessed October 11, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Election Results Search," accessed April 23, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Pearson, Christopher A," accessed September 21, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign contributors," accessed April 23, 2014
- Ethan Allen Institute, "Report Cards," accessed September 10, 2013