MONTPELIER -- The Vermont Progressive Party Coordinating Committee has hired Kelly Mangan of Burlington to be the Party's new Elections Director as of July 7.
In recent years, Mangan has worked as a labor organizer for food service workers with the United Electrical Workers (UE), helping Sodexo employees at Vermont's higher learning institutions who wished to unionize, and has been an organizer for childcare providers with the American Federation of Teachers. She was also Field Director for Senator Bernie Sanders' 2012 re-election campaign, leading the campaign's statewide outreach and canvassing program.
"I want our state to be governed in the best interests of everyone, not just a wealthy few," Mangan said. "I believe the Vermont Progressive Party is the only political party in our state that is sincerely trying to empower and engage working people around the issues that affect us. That's why I'm eager to help elect new Progressive candidates, and to re-elect those who are fighting for us in Montpelier."
Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Progressive Party State Chair, says she believes Mangan's background in union organizing is a beneficial skill set that she brings to the Party. "As an organizer, Kelly knows how important it is to develop leadership potential in others. I'm excited to work with her as our Party continues to grow," she said.
Former Party Director Robert Millar resigned in June to run for State Representative for the Chittenden 6-7 district.