Candidates

I am so enthused and honored to have such highly-qualified, passionate, devoted team players at my side -- and we need more! If you or someone you know is willing to run for office in Vermont, please get in touch.

Alice Flanders
House - Windsor 4-2

Alice has worked as a high school math teacher, payroll manager, assistant resource manager for Navy Space Systems Division at the Pentagon, Administrative Officer for "Operation Fiery Vigil" (a Navy evacuation and repatriation mission following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines), Naval Aerospace Engineer overseeing US nuclear warfare capabilities, and a Certified Naval Master Instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School Command. Alice earned a BA in Math and a Master’s Degree, has received multiple military commendations, and has devoted much of her life to serving America. Proficient in French and Russian, Mrs. Flanders’ passion for languages also extends to Russian, Japanese and Hebrew. This remarkable woman now offers her extensive skills to Vermonters in 2020.

Bill Huff
Senate - Orange District

A 35-year resident of Thetford, Bill worked as an airline captain for nearly 30 years, and as a Certified Financial Planner for 23 years. Bill brings his extensive skillset to serve Vermonters in a time when our state desperately needs professional financial planning. Captain Huff has been married 36 years, and is an accomplished chef and woodcarver.

Bob Readie
House - Washington-7

Bob’s training has centered on hazardous material training and research. He is a Vermont Environmental Health and Safety Officer, and has taught in colleges in his areas of expertise. Mr. Readie resides in Warren with his wife Lisa. They care for four rescue dogs, including a blind border collie. Bob brings his unique training to serve Vermonters in the Statehouse, and is deeply committed to improving the bloated regulatory and tax burden which is stifling the Vermont economy and working Vermonters.

Brock Coderre
House - Washington-Chittenden

Brock studied Business Administration, Law, and Finance at Vermont Technical College in Randolph for four years, graduating in 2012. He then moved to Burlington to work, and to experience Vermont's more bustling and socially active communities. Brock has always been motivated to give back to the same support systems that helped him achieve his potential, beginning with his hundreds of hours of volunteered community service before graduating high school. Serving his community has always seemed like the right thing to do: running for office is the logical next step! Vermont's younger political minds must voice their opinions about how to best save this state from financial ruin. Brock understands hard work and practical business sense: he worked construction for years, as well as in accounting and clerical jobs, and was employed selling and installing solar panels for years. These experiences have provided him with unique insights and experience to serve voters in 2020 and beyond!

Chris Viens

Chris is a true-blue Vermonter, well-respected in Waterbury for a lifetime of proven hard work and integrity. His family now counts nine generations of Vermonters. Chris has operated his own businesses, in excavation, concrete, and construction. He has always held a strong work ethic, and started his first successful business at 21. He is very close with his family, and has been married for nearly 40 years to his High School sweetheart. Chris served Waterbury as a Selectman for ten years (including as Chair), where he proved that fiscal restraint and integrity work well at the local level -- he is convinced those are needs at the state level in 2020! Chris is running as an Independent. The policies of restraining government bureaucracy and taxes, returning school oversight to local control, and preserving Vermont's constitutional protections, are priorities that Chris passionately supports. In particular, Mr. Viens has taken on the issues of school and government efficiency, and has many creative ideas grounded in his business experience to curtail bureaucratic excess and improve efficiencies in government.

Dana Colson
Lieutenant Governor

Dana resides in Sharon, and graduated from Vermont Technical College as well as Franklin Pierce College, where he earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management. Dana has worked nationally and internationally in a wide business experience, invented a number of patented welding technologies, and has operated his own welding supply company in Vermont for the past five years. In an unimaginable tragedy, Dana’s only son Austin was murdered in 2018. Dana has endured a long and very painful road seeking justice for his boy’s killer, and has learned a great deal about Vermont’s laws and criminal justice system. Dana’s focus will be on economic improvement for Vermonters, but also improved support for law enforcement and better protections for Vermonters from violent criminals.

Dave Soulia
House - Rutland-6

A fifth generation Vermonter, Dave has worked in many trades, including his own business as a painting and papering contractor, as a Humane Society shelter manager, Medical Records Analyst and Phlebotomist, and a number of positions as a graphic artist, webmaster, and computer programmer. Presently he raises and sells meat animals (pigs, chickens, and sheep) as Blackpowder Farm. Mr. Soulia served in the Navy, as well as on the Pittsford Planning Commission, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, and as a Justice of the peace. Married more than twenty years, Dave has four children for whom he hopes to create a better future in Vermont.

DawnMarie Tomasi
Senate - Washington District

DawnMarie and her family are property owners, so they have seen taxes swell. With college degrees in Business Management and Computer management, Dawnmarie also has degrees in child rearing (five teenagers!), running her own business (including a daycare, soapmaking, farming, and other ventures), running others’ businesses (including management at a prominent flooring, and customer service at a family-run food service business), and community volunteer work (PTO, organizing charitable events, VAST trail system volunteer, youth coaching, Finance Chair of the Washington County GOP, Vermont Traditions Coalition, and Women Gun Owners of Vermont, and much other contribution). DawnMarie is standing up to serve her fellow Vermonters, so that they and her children can enjoy the culture, liberties, and future hopes that she was privileged to experience as a Vermonter. Those foundations must be preserved and defended, and 2020 is the year!

Ericka Redic
House - Chittenden 6-1

Born and raised in Vermont, Ericka earned a BS in Accounting from Champlain College, and has operated her own accounting consultancy firm (“I love your money”) for the past six years. Her husband Benjamin is a filmmaker and entrepreneur. One of this couple’s latest business ventures has been the purchase of Ericka’s grandmother’s apartment building in Burlington’s New North End. This exposed Ericka to the degree of regulatory and political constraints on Vermont’s business owners. This awareness has revealed to Mrs. Redic the economic realities which force those Vermonters who can afford to flee the state for economic survival, and she has stepped forward to reverse this fiscal carnage. Ericka is not at all shy -- voters may catch her singing an old Etta James tune with a blues band, or doing improv at The Comedy Club.

Jeannine Young
House - Orleans-Caledonia

A lifelong resident of the beautiful Northeast Kingdom, Jeannine resides in Craftsbury with her husband Joe (a retired Border Patrol agent), where she has been town moderator for years. Jeannine offers her management and community service experience to serve her constituents. A graduate of Woodbury College (paralegal), she was the Derby Water & Sewer Commissioner for 15 years, has worked as an administrative assistant to businesses through permitting processes, and has worked (and volunteered) in different school systems over the years. Jeannine says “We need an economy that works for our farmers so they can stay in business and for businesses so they can provide jobs for Vermonters. Our communities know best what students need.” Mrs. Young has worked for decades as a volunteer in her community, helping raise over $25,000 since 2008 for area organizations -- without government subsidy. She and her husband are avid gardeners, sharing surplus produce with many in the community. Jeannine will listen patiently and thoughtfully to all voter voices before making any decisions as their representative. She understands the importance of the state and federal Constitutions, and she understands that Vermont needs strong determined leadership in 2020 to repair problems of overspending and over-regulation at the Vermont State House.

Ken Alger
Senate - Washington District

Ken is a seventh-generation Vermonter who has lived and worked here his entire life. Ken seeks to serve to improve Vermont for all citizens, especially by restoring Constitutional protections, reducing government overreach, and imposing sensible fiscal balance in Montpelier. Ken’s family all still reside in Vermont. Ken has worked hard all his life, and worked on his grandfather’s dairy farm during and after High School. He has been a commercial flooring installer for thirty years. Ken has been active in his community in many ways over the years, including work on the Barre Town bike path committee, a volunteer for Barre Town bulk waste collection, teaching gun safety to youth (NRA Eddie Eagle program), service as an officer in various clubs, and service as an NRA-certified basic pistol and rifle instructor. Ken is a competitive shooter, a passionate supporter of Constitutional protections, and a proven contributor to his community and Vermont.

Levar Cole

Levar Cole resides in Chelsea with his wife of 11 years and their 5 young children. The Coles moved their family to Vermont to live more intentionally and are currently expanding their agricultural pursuits. For 15 years, Levar worked in management positions for the federal government, ensuring Americans were protected against foreign and domestic terrorism, nuclear and radiological hazards, and inefficient and unaccountable government programs and policies. He brings the experience of leading numerous audits and evaluations of government programs to ensure public accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness. With a Masters Degree in Public Policy (George Mason University), Levar earned respect (and steady promotion) for ensuring thorough audits of numerous government agencies, ahead of schedule! He also worked in emergency planning and preparedness operations. Vermont needs skills like these! Levar is running to help ensure that people’s voices, whether they are in the majority or minority, are heard and considered by government. Levar also wants to keep Vermont affordable for families, farmers, and all who want to call Vermont home.

Peter Briggs
Senate - Addison District

Peter is a native Vermonter; born at Porter Hospital in Middlebury and raised in Addison Town. He operates his family’s fourth-generation dairy farm, purchased in 1928. Like many Vermonters’ forebears, Peter’s great-grandfather survived the Great Depression of the thirties -- Peter is confident that Vermonters today will come through their current economic hardships with similar fortitude and courage. Peter is very active in the Vermont National Guard, inspired to serve our military from an early age by the example of his grandfather, who served in World War II in Europe, in the Army Corp of Engineers. Similarly, Peter’s farming family imbued him with the values of dependability, honesty, perseverance, and hard work -- values he pledges to employ is public service in the Vermont Senate. Peter emphasizes a particularly important Vermont farming value for 2020 -- how to make the most of limited resources, and live within available means.

Randy Gray
House - Windsor 3-2

Recently recognized in the “Springfield Community Spotlight” for his long-standing public presence, Randy is a lifelong resident of Springfield (and a proud grandfather!). His volunteer activities include the Vermont Lay Monitoring Program, the Black River Action Team, and the VSNIP (Spay and Neutering). Currently self-employed, Randy’s small business has been compromised by this pandemic. Randy fully understands business needs because he worked for many years serving hundreds of Vermont businesses in sales and sales administration for one of the largest building materials wholesalers in the Northeast. He is committed to supporting local businesses, and improving Vermont’s future prosperity and opportunities for our youth.

Sally Achey
House - Rutland-Bennington

Sally resides in Middletown Springs with her husband of 42 years (Stan) and Australian Shepherd Penny Pup, whom she is training for visitation therapy. Valedictorian of her high school, Sally’s accomplishments also include a BA degree in math from UVM, graduate studies in Applied Statistics at Princeton University, decades of rearing Lippitt Morgan horses, co-ownership of a portrait photography business, longstanding contributions of her abilities to numerous local charities, and the creation of the “Tour de Slate” bike-riding fundraiser to benefit Teen Challenge in its battle against addiction. An avid kayaker, Sally now steps up to serve Vermont with her proven talents.

Sarah Toscano
House - Chittenden 4-2

A UVM graduate and mother of two from Hinesburg, Sarah is an EMT and volunteer firefighter. Sarah volunteers regularly at both town and civic events, and is a part-time farmer who raises vegetables, as well as chickens, guinea hens and ducks (she plans to expand to goats and rabbits in 2020!). Sarah wishes to improve Vermont’s economic health, bolster schools, and support Vermont farms, goals which are front and center for the agripublicans.

Shannara Johnson
House - Lamoille-Washington

Shannara is a first-generation German-American and has lived in the US since 1999, which gives her a good understanding of legal immigration. She was an adopted child, so being pro-life seems the natural choice to her. For the past 18 years, she’s been residing in Vermont with her family, which currently consists of her teenage son, a badly trained dog and an entirely untrainable cat. Shannara is a seasoned classical and direct marketing copywriter and editor by day and a Law of Attraction author and blogger in her spare time. Since 2004, she has been working for a well-known publisher of investment newsletters and always gets the inside scoop of what’s in store for the US economy. As a Vermont State Representative, her main issue will be to help Vermonters survive and thrive in the challenging post-COVID-19 reality that lies ahead. She is determined to support commonsense bills that lower taxes, promote freedom, and make life more affordable and worth living—and push back on those that don’t.

Terry Williams
Senate - Rutland District

An eighth generation farmer and lifelong Vermont resident, Terry achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in his 35 years serving America in the Army, including in Afghanistan. Colonel Williams has been involved with so many veteran and local nonprofit organizations that their names could not fit on this page. Terry has three children, and three grandchildren, and is standing to serve in 2020 to improve their futures. Mr. Williams is also an avid outdoorsman, conservationist, and hunter. He resides in Poultney

Zachary Lang
House - Orange-2

Zachary resides in Bradford where he graduated from Oxbow High School & River Bend Career & Technical Center. Zachary is currently a firefighter with the Bradford Fire Department where he has volunteered since his Junior Year in High School and is currently working towards his EMR medical license.. Zachary also works as a Paraprofessional at Oxbow High School, helping educate Vermont’s youth. Zachary’s focus is on education, no carbon taxes and YOUR concerns being number one.