Mari Cordes, Democratic candidate for the Vermont House in Addison-4, has received endorsements from several individuals and organizations, including David Zuckerman, Bill McKibben, the VSEA, and Rights & Democracy.
“I’ve dedicated my life to the causes these people and organizations represent, and it’s an honor for my campaign to be recognized in this way,” said Cordes.
Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman is an organic farmer in Hinesburg, where he runs Full Moon Farm with his spouse, Rachel Nevitt. Cordes, along with her husband, raised their 2 daughters on their organic vegetable farm when she lived in Greensboro, VT.
Author and activist Bill McKibben of Ripton, who teaches at Middlebury College, is the founder of 350.org, an organization that generates political action on climate change. Cordes, who lives in an off-the-grid home in Lincoln, has a degree in Natural Resource Management and previously served on the board of 350 Vermont, the state affiliate of 350.org.
The Vermont State Employees Association is a union of Vermonters who work in public service. A long-time union member, Cordes also served as President of her nurses’ union at the UVM Medical Center for 4.5 years.
Rights & Democracy is a Vermont-based grassroots organization that supports progressive policies and candidates throughout the state. Cordes, a founding member of the organization, has collaborated with Rights & Democracy on healthcare access and social justice campaigns.
CPD Action, a national organization working on economic equity and democratic engagement, also endorsed Cordes. In 2017, Cordes participated in several actions organized by CPD Action’s sister organization, the Center for Popular Democracy, to resist the repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Congress. As a nurse, Cordes has witnessed the failings of the U.S. healthcare system, and her interest in increasing access to healthcare for all people is one of her motivations for running for office.
Cordes also received an endorsement from the People for Bernie, a national organizing group that formed during Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.