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Progressive Reaches out to Democrats in Race for Lt. Governor


Published November 18, 2009 at 4:57 p.m.

Progressive State Rep. David Zuckerman(P-Burlington) is reaching out to Democrats as he contemplates a runfor lieutenant governor.

One option Zuckerman is entertaining is running in the Democratic primary, in an attempt to garner the backing of both Democrats and his own Progressives. A similar approach was used, successfully, by former Burlington City Councilor Tim Ashe.

Ashe, a Progressive, ran in the Democratic Primary in 2008 for state senate in Chittenden County and won. He later won in the general election and now sports a "D/P" after his name.

On Monday, Zuckerman will meet with the Washington County Democratic Committee to talk about the common political ground shared by the two parties, as well as his possible run in the Democratic primary.

"Before jumping in, I feel it'simportant to discuss the issues and challenges that face our state. Because part of my considerations include running in the DemocraticParty primary, I feel it is important to reach out to the variouscounty members to see what the reception is like," said Zuckerman. "This is all part ofthe bridge building process, we will see where it goes from there."

Jack McCullough, chairman of the Washington County Democrats, confirmed Zuckerman's appearance and said he welcomes the dialogue.