Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of David Zuckerman for Governor of Vermont.

While serving as Lieutenant Governor, and during his nearly 20-year tenure in the Vermont House and Senate, David Zuckerman has been a consistent and effective leader on issues aligned with Vermont Conservation Voters’ mission of protecting our environment, promoting healthy and equitable communities, and creating a thriving democracy.

“As we face simultaneous public health, economic, racial justice, and climate crises, we need a leader with a forward-looking vision on how to create a better Vermont for everyone who lives here. We can’t afford to simply stay the course when it’s been failing to meet the needs of so many Vermonters – even before the pandemic struck,” said Lauren Hierl, executive director for Vermont Conservation Voters. “David Zuckerman is the leader we need right now, with the vision for rebuilding and recovering our economy in a way that makes us stronger and more resilient to current and future challenges.”

Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman added, “I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement from Vermont Conservation Voters. Over my many years of service, I have worked closely with VCV to protect Vermont’s land and waters, to expand programs that will help us meet our carbon emission goals, and to protect Vermonters from toxins in the environment. Their role in keeping our people and state safe and healthy cannot be overstated and I look forward to continuing this work with them as Vermont’s next Governor.”

In contrast to Lt. Governor Zuckerman’s positions, Governor Phil Scott vetoed legislation to hold large polluters accountable for medical expenses for people impacted by toxic chemical exposure. Scott has also expressed concerns about the Global Warming Solutions Act, calling for changes that would remove the core provisions of the policy that actually hold State government accountable for meeting our climate pollution reduction targets. In four years as Governor, Scott has only put forward very modest climate change proposals, despite the barrage of studies in recent years showing the urgency of action and the economic opportunity for Vermont in transitioning to clean energy. 

Hierl added, “Lt. Governor David Zuckerman has been a longtime champion for policies that safeguard our environment and our communities – values deepened by his experience as an organic farmer. VCV encourages Vermonters to elect David Zuckerman as Governor of Vermont to bring the vision and leadership we need at this critical time.”