Christopher Pearson

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Christopher Pearson
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Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 6-4
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyProgressive
Leadership
Progressive Leader
2013-present
Compensation
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Christopher A. Pearson is a Progressive member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Chittenden 6-4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He has served as the Progressive Leader since 2013.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Pearson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Jobs
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."
  • Healthcare
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."
  • Wages
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."
  • Taxes
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."[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pearson served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Health Care
Health Care Oversight

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pearson served on these committees:

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-6-4 has two state representatives. Incumbent Kesha Ram was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Christopher Pearson ran as a Vermont Progressive Party candidate.[2][3][4][5]Both incumbents were unopposed in the general election.[6]

2012

See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[7]

2010

See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[7]

Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 3-4 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kesha Ram (D) 1,345
Green check mark transparent.png Christopher Pearson (Vermont Progressive Party) 1,002
Peg Boyle Single (D) 720
Diane Gottlieb (Vermont Progressive Party) 196

Campaign donors

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.[8]

Christopher Pearson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Chittenden-3-4 Won $6,496
2010 Vermont State House, District Chittenden-3-4 Won $14,201
Grand Total Raised $20,697

2012

Pearson 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
Krosney, Connie$200
Total Raised in 2012$6,496
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Pearson was up for re-election, he collected $14,201 in donations.[9]

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
Leventritt, Daniel$528
Contribution By Candidate Or Candidates Immediate Family$500
Bingham, Diana J$500
Franco, John$250
Total Raised in 2010 $14,201

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 14. In 2014, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 7 to May 10.

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2011-2012

In 2011, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 5 through mid May. In 2012, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 3 to May 5.

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Voting record

2011-2012

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.[10] 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
Y N N Y Y N N Y Y

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