"As the year progressed, it became clear that the only way
we could fully implement our agenda for [Burlington, Vermont] was
by electing a majority of progressives to the Board of Aldermen—which
meant the creation of a new political entity.
In the beginning we called it the Independent Coalition.
Later it was renamed the Progressive Coalition.
We put together a very impressive slate of candidates
who were prepared to challenge Democrats and Republicans
in every one of the city's six wards...
The coalition, formed in 1982, became the foundation
for progressive third-party politics in Vermont...
Today... the Vermont Progressive Party is one of the most successful
and long-standing third parties in America."
Meet Vermont's Lieutenant Governor
The highest ranking elected third party official in the nation.