Nader Campaign Organization, Vermont
Nader for President 2008
Kim Hermann State Coordinator Bristol
Thomas Hermann State Coordinator Bristol
Jimmy Leas State Coordinator South Burlington
Bill Coleman Regional Coordinator East Haven
Frank Smecker Regional Coordinator Richmond
Sonja Seese Regional Coordinator Rupert
Tim Metayer Campus Organizer, Johnson State College Johnson
BobbyJoe Smith Campus Organizer, Middlebury College Middlebury
Ian Oliver Campus Organizer, University of Vermont Burlington

"On Sunday October 5, 2008 consumer advocate and Presidential candidate Ralph Nader will host a press conference at 7:00pm. At 7:30pm he will hold a rally in Ira Allen Chapel 26 University Place Burlington, VT 05405.  He will speak about the economic giveaway, single-payer health care, the Iraq War, the environment, and the state of the Presidential debates from which he was excluded."

Qualifying for the Ballot
PRESS RELEASE from Nader for President 2008
September 10, 2008

News Advisory
Contact: Marc Abizeid, 831-818-7736 (national) or James Leas, 802-864-1574, (local)


The Nader/Gonzalez presidential campaign will submit petitions to the Vermont Secretary of State's Office Thursday, September 11, to place Ralph Nader and running-mate Matt Gonzalez on the state's November 2008 election ballot. Jimmy Leas, Nader/Gonzalez Vermont coordinator, will host a news conference at 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, at the Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division, 26 Terrace Street, Montpelier, VT 05609-1101.

To qualify to appear on Vermont's ballot, state law requires submission of the signatures of 1,000 registered voters. The Nader/Gonzalez Campaign will submit around 1,200 verified signatures. These signatures needed to be first turned in to the clerks of 100 towns in Vermont for verification, then re-collected for submission to the Secretary of State's office. Vermont supporters worked tirelessly to fulfill these requirements, becoming the 45th state in which the Nader/Gonzalez campaign has secured a ballot line, concluding the campaign's ballot access effort, and giving more voters than ever before the chance to vote for Ralph Nader.

The Nader/Gonzalez campaign speaks to many issues important to Vermonters, including the dangers of nuclear power. The Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor has been plagued with problems in the last few years, which should cause residents to rethink its motto of "safe, clean, reliable." The Nader campaign is against the use of nuclear power, including maintaining existing reactors or building new ones. Investing in clean, renewable energy programs is far safer in both the short and long term than continuing to subsidize nuclear power.

The lack of health care for all Vermonters is another ongoing issue, prompting citizens to unite behind H.304, a hospital reform bill currently before the Vermont senate. The Nader/Gonzalez campaign advocates a single-payer health care system that would leave no citizen lacking.

Finally, Vermonters agree with the Nader/Gonzalez campaign that we should remove our troops from Iraq. Vermont has the highest per capita rate of citizens killed in Iraq, leading 24 towns to call for withdrawal from Iraq, and 34 towns to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. The Nader campaign also lists impeachment as one of its 12 main issues.

WHO: The Vermont Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Campaign Team

WHAT: News Conference and nominating petitions submission

WHEN: 4:00 p.m., Thurs. Sept. 11, 2008

WHERE: Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division, 26 Terrace Street, Montpelier, VT 05609-1101

About Ralph Nader
Attorney, author, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has been named by Time Magazine one of the "100 Most Influential Americans in the 20th Century." For more than four decades he has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups advocating solutions. He led the movement to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and was instrumental in enacting the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and countless other pieces of important consumer legislation. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. Nader graduated from Princeton University and received an LL.B from Harvard Law School.

About Matt Gonzalez
Matt Gonzalez was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2000 representing San Francisco's fifth council district. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Board of Supervisors President. A former public defender, Gonzalez is managing partner of Gonzalez & Leigh, a 7-attorney practice in San Francisco that represents individuals and organizations in mediation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings before state and federal regulatory bodies. Gonzalez graduated from Columbia University and received a JD from Stanford Law School.

About the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign
According to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted from July 27-29, Ralph Nader is at 6 percent nationally (equivalent to about 10 million eligible voters), higher than his highest major poll numbers during the same time period in 2000 and approaching the 10 percent threshold required for eligibility to participate in "America's Presidential Debate in New Orleans," a Google-sponsored event scheduled for September 18. In the key swing state of Michigan -- whose Democratic voters were partially disenfranchised by the Democratic National Committee -- an EPIC-MRA poll found Nader at 8-10 percent.

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