April 20, 2022
For immediate release
Chris Winters, candidate
Joanna Grossman, Campaign Manager
Deputy Chris Winters Announces Secretary of State’s Team
Berlin, VT – April 20, 2022 – Under Secretary of State Chris Winters of Berlin unveiled his campaign team on Thursday. Winters, 51, is assistant secretary to Jim Condos, who announced in February that he would not seek another term and said Winters had the most experience to replace him in November.
“Defending democracy has never been more important. I’m thrilled to have received so much support from the start with my campaign,” Winters said, “and I’m thrilled to now have these four powerful and passionate voices working alongside me to move this campaign forward, protecting the rights and the rights of Vermonters. promote Vermont’s commitment to our residents.
Winters continued, “My team is made up of several incredible public servants and fully-fledged community officials. This team shares my core values of hard work, fairness, integrity and service to self. They bring a diverse set of perspectives to the table that will help this campaign reach and listen to all Vermonters.
Campaign Manager Joanna Grossman
Joanna Grossman is an organizer with a passion for democracy, engagement, and projects that create a positive impact in the community. Joanna has worked in election, legislative, school and nonprofit organizing for many years, both in Vermont and nationally. Recently, she led city council and school board races in Burlington, as well as worked on national and state projects for organizations like Indivisible and Open Progress. Joanna also has a long career in government in data management and visualization. She has worked for the Vermont Natural Resources and Agriculture agencies, as well as the New York City Office of Emergency Management, where she worked on the World Trade Center recovery. Joanna currently sits on the board of City Market and is the founder and director of Burlington Chavurah. She lives in Burlington, VT with her husband, 11 year old daughter and their chickens.
“If January 6 taught us anything, it’s that we can’t take democracy for granted. Chris’s enthusiasm and passion for suffrage and protecting and serving the people of Vermont is infectious. Vermont needs to keep him in this office. This campaign is about making sure Vermonters know how important it is to all of us to have an effective and well-run Office of the Secretary of State and how that starts with having an experienced and proven Secretary of State who is ready to start. . ”
Field Director Ana Burke
Ana Burke is passionate about voter accessibility and cultivating opportunities for the community to engage in the democratic process. As such, she is thrilled to volunteer for this campaign. Her experience includes advancing and writing complex policies, organizing campaigns, coordinating events and trainings, executing strategic initiatives, and restorative justice. Ana is a graduate of Rockhurst University, Vermont Law School, and the EmergeVT program. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Steps to End Domestic Violence and a volunteer for Mercy Connections. Ana lives in Huntington with her husband and their two furry children, Quinn Eleanor and Rosie Wells.
Finance and Strategy Consultant Scott Weathers
Scott Weathers is passionate about universal voting by mail. He previously worked as an advocate for sustainable agriculture and public health. Scott serves on the boards of Lamoille County Meals on Wheels, Vermont Sierra Club, Morrisville Food Co-op and as Chairman of the Lamoille County Democratic Committee. He has a master’s degree from Harvard University and lives in Stowe.
Southern Vermont Director and Electoral Roll Analyst Jim Vires
Jim Vires first worked in Democratic electoral politics at the age of seven when he approached his mother in his bid for the school board. During the 2016 election cycle, Jim volunteered at the Bennington office of the Vermont Democratic Party. Since then, his passion for voter engagement has led to numerous campaigns across Vermont as a field organizer.
Under Secretary of State Jim Condos and Under Secretary Chris Winters, Vermont has led the country in protecting democracy and the rights of Vermonters. They have worked tirelessly to pass electoral reforms that make voting in Vermont safe, secure, and accessible to all eligible voters. The Vermont elections are not only a success here, but are also a model for the rest of the country.
The Office of the Secretary of State protects and empowers Vermonters in many ways beyond elections, including municipal assistance, the Safe at Home address privacy program for victims of harassment, human trafficking and other abuses, simplified business registration and professional licenses allow local businesses and professionals to get up and running in an easy, hassle-free way that is the envy of other states, and defend the right of the public to know under the Open Meetings and Public Records Acts.
Chris Winters is excited to continue Jim’s outstanding work and take it to the next level as the needs of Vermonters evolve. We are encouraged by the broad support we have received thus far and look forward to connecting with Vermonters across the state this season.
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