Gekas scoops up ice cream mogul
by Anne Galloway | July 19, 2012
Cassandra Gekas, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, will get a helping hand from Jerry Greenfield. The co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will serve as the campaign treasurer for Gekas.
Of the statewide candidates, Gekas ranked near the bottom on fundraising totals for the July 16 campaign finance reporting period. The former health care activist with VPIRG came into the race in late June. It is her first run for office and she faces a stiff challenged against incumbent Phil Scott, a well-liked, centrist Republican.
“I’m thrilled to have Jerry onboard,” Gekas said in a statement. “Jerry brings to the table his knowledge of what it takes to start a business and create jobs in our state. Jerry is dedicated to the issues at the center of my campaign such as single-payer health care and campaign finance reform. This is only the beginning and we’ll be going full throttle between now and election day.”
Greenfield has been politically active since he retired. He helped to create a new business model known as the “benefit corporation,” which incentivizes businesses to be socially responsible. He has also been a critic of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
Greenfield explained in a statement why he supports Gekas. “I think Cassandra brings a great deal of energy to the race and we need more women running and holding office so I’m happy to play a role,” he said. “I’ve been impressed with her work on health care,” he added.
In addition, Gekas has hired Scott Kirby as her campaign manager and Kristen Brownlow as her field director. Kirby is a UVM graduate who most recently worked for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Brownlow is an AmeriCorps VISTA member and she coordinates the Rosie’s Girls camp at Vermont Works for Women.