If you really want to support Boots and his quest to be the next lieutenant governor of Vermont, vote now. As of June 24th, absentee ballots can be obtained from any town office, just visit or call to request your ballots. And do it today.
Remember, this is the primary vote, and only the three recognized “major” parties have ballots – Democrat, Republican and Progressive. The actual primary voting day is August 9th. But the Boots for Vermont campaign is asking supporters to vote early and get it over with, thus avoiding the risk of forgetting on August 9th.
Here’s what we’re asking voters to do:
1.) Choose the Progressive Party’s ballot. You’re only allowed to vote in one party’s primary, the other two must be returned blank (clear instructions are provided).
2.) Vote for Boots in the lieutenant governor’s contest. It’s easy to find his name, he’s the only name on the entire ballot.
3.) Write in “Bill Lee, Craftsbury” in the governor’s contest. Lee already has the endorsement of Liberty Union – as does Boots — but it would be great to also garner him this major party electoral endorsement.
It’s just that easy.
Boots Wardinski announced from his Newbury homestead today that he would be a candidate for lieutenant governor of Vermont in the Progressive Party’s primary. Boots, 72, is the first candidate to seek the office on that party’s ballot this year.
Wardinski, an organic farmer and horse logger, has a long and distinguished record as a social justice, antiwar and environmental activist, having participated in numerous acts of civil disobedience, including arrests for protesting the hypocrisy of Vermont’s congressional delegation continuing to fund illegal wars and the obscene military spending that goes with them.
“I’m a socialist, a pacifist, and an atheist,” said Boots. “Which means: I’m compassionate, peaceful, and rational.”
Wardinski is a Vietnam-era veteran and a long-time member of Veterans for Peace. He built his own home in 1983, which is off-the-grid, powered by solar-generated electricity, and heated with wood that is split by hand. Boots and his partner, the artist Chris Esten, grow much of their own food, produce and sell perennials and maple syrup at local farmers’ markets, and work with a draft horse to log, plow snow, and collect maple sap. Boots has also been called one of the state’s premier garlic growers, developing a seed variety that is coveted by growers in the northeast.
Wardinski is pledging to run a carbon-neutral campaign and is challenging his opponents in the lieutenant governor’s race to do the same. “I’m not going to be driving all over the state, burning fossil fuels while telling you how bad burning fossil fuels is,” said Boots.
“Reducing our carbon footprint through conservation and simpler lifestyles is what Vermont needs to focus on,” declared Boots. “Instead, we’re making professional environmentalists very wealthy by rushing into industrial renewable that do nothing to address our over-consumption and greed.”
Wardinski has been a long-time member and board member — including past president — of the Capital City Farmers’ Market in Montpelier. As lieutenant governor, Boots declares, he will take aim at Vermont’s addiction to toxic and industrial forms of agriculture that have chased people off the land, poisoned our waterways, depleted our soils and produced unhealthy foods.
“The solution to GMOs is to ban them,” said Boots. “Vermont’s industrial farms are growing more than 90,000 acres of GMO feed corn every year, and the state’s labeling law exempted these crops. We can do better, much better. And it starts by putting a spotlight on our sacred toxic cows, the ones raised on GMO feed, bathed in toxic pesticides and herbicides and pharmacologically pushed to produce commodity-based dairy. Time’s up for industrial farming.”
For more information on the campaign, visit BootsForVermont.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.