Former Republican state auditor urges write-in campaign for Democrat

By Guy Page

July 17, 2020 – A fiscal conservative and experienced auditor/CPA like Linda Joy Sullivan is a better choice for state auditor than incumbent Doug Hoffer (D/P) – even if she is a Democrat, GOP Sen. and former State Auditor Randy Brock says. And since no Republicans are running for auditor, he wants Republican voters to write in her name in the August 11 primary. 

“As a former State Auditor, I know how important it is to have that office occupied by a person who is competent, technically savvy and independent. It is an office where partisanship and political agendas have no place,” Brock said in a statement published by the Sullivan campaign. “That’s why today I am heartily endorsing Linda Joy Sullivan to become Vermont’s next State Auditor.”

“Linda is a Democrat and I am a Republican. Although I do not agree with every vote she has cast, I know from her work in the House of Representatives that Linda is her own person. She is someone who can leave party politics at the doorstep of the Auditor’s Office and act as Vermont’s independent non-partisan watchdog,” he continued. “She is a Certified Public Accountant, an experienced independent auditor, and she holds both an MBA and a Master of Laws degree.”

Incumbent Doug Hoffer is endorsed by both the Progressive and Democratic parties and has long been an ally of first Burlington Mayor and then Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

Sullivan is also a fellow Bennington County legislator and compatriot of Rep. Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington), who is running as an independent in the November election after her own party decided to run candidates against her in the August primary. Browning publicly opposed House Speaker Mitzi Johnson on several issues this session and has announced she will run for Speaker of the House if re-elected.