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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Calling All Democrats! Please Help!

Recount Volunteers Needed!

As County Chair, I thought my work was done for a while after the election. A couple of close races have generated two recounts in Chittenden County for which I am responsible for recruiting a lot of volunteers. These recounts will be held at the Chittenden County Superior Courthouse at the corner of Main and Church Streets, Burlington, beginning at 8:30 AM.

One recount is for the Milton House district (Reg Godin-D vs. Ronald Hubert-R) and should take no more than a day to complete. It is scheduled for Monday, 11/24/08.

The Chittenden County State Senate recount will start on 12/3/08 and will continue until all of Chittenden County ballots have been counted. The County Clerk expects it to take from 7 to 10 days, excluding weekends. I hope we'll be finished by 12/16.

Counters will receive $30/day stipend + mileage + parking fee. Half days (morning or afternoon) are acceptable; the stipend for a half day is $15.

If you can help on any of those days, please send me your name, address and phone number and the days you can be there. The more people we get, the faster we'll get done. This is a big job, but integral to our democratic system, so please help if you can.
Mike Yantachka (
Chittenden County Democratic Committee Chairman

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Chittenden County Democrats News - Nov '08‏

Congratulations to all of our candidates, from Barack Obama to our local Justice of the Peace candidates, whether they have won or lost their election. Just to have run is to have achieved more than most citizens have dared to do.

This was a fantastic election, one we've been waiting for for 8 looong years. We are finally poised to get our country moving in the direction of international reconciliation and cooperation, environmental responsibility, energy transformation, fiscal responsibility and, hopefully, economic reformation. While we once again did not capture the governor's office, our success in maintaining control of both houses of the state legislature will allow us to insure that Vermont will be able to partner with the Obama administration in key areas vital to Vermont. We'll keep Douglas' feet to the fire where it counts.

As a result of our fairly successful fundraising, the Chittenden County Democratic Committee was able to contribute more than $1500 to House candidates who had contests as well as to our Governor and Lt. Governor candidates. Out of 33 Democratic House candidates in Chittenden County, 29 were elected. Of the six State Senate candidates, 5 were elected. Thanks to all of you who helped our candidates in this effort.

To those whose races were successful, a hearty congratulations as you go forward to represent us all for the next two years.

Because of the public access TV rules regarding the election, the Chittenden County Democrats show was not recorded in September and October. We resumed the show on November 3rd with State's Attorney TJ Donovan as my guest. TJ described how his office is dealing with budget constraints as well as some of the high-profile crimes his office has dealt with and their ramifications. A link to the broadcast on the CCTV website is:

The program is also being rebroadcast by CCTV on the following schedule:
1 Monday November 3, 5:25 PM
2 Monday November 10, 9:15 PM
3 Tuesday November 11, 2:15 AM
4 Tuesday November 11, 8:15 AM
5 Tuesday November 11, 2:15 PM
Viewers served by LCATV can watch it on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays on Channel 16. Check the schedule here:
Viewers served by VCAM can look for program times here:

Finally, while we can take some time off to relax and wind down after a hectic campaign season, we have to start building again for 2010. Our Vice-Chair, Robert Ready, took a job in Massachusetts back in July and had to step down from his position. Because of everything else going on with the Presidential and primary campaigns, I did not seek to have a special meeting to replace him. Now that the election is over, I would like to hold a County Committee meeting in January to elect a new Vice-Chair. I invite anyone interested in running for that office to contact me between now and the January meeting, time and place to be announced.

Thank you all for your attention.
Mike Yantachka
Chittenden County Democratic Committee Chairman