Stein Drops Out of Selectboard Race, Endorses Gelter

Jackson Stein has dropped out of the race for a one-year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

“I would strongly urge anyone that was planning on voting for me to instead vote for Jess Gelter,” Stein said in a video posted to Instagram.

Stein explained their choice to drop out as “damage control,” stating, “it is a given that Daniel Quipp, as the incumbent, is going to win back his seat,” but that when it comes to the second seat, Brattleboro needs “anyone but Chadwick.”

Stein said that Evan Chadwick “has made it clear, through his campaign, that he doesn’t have the best interests of the town at heart.”

Of Gelter, Stein said, “I think [she] will do right by this community.”

The Brattleboro Selectboard election is on March 2nd.


Comments | 4

  • Referendum

    Interesting move.

    I was impressed with Jackson during the forum, and look forward to hearing/seeing more in the future.

    This years’ election is a bit more interesting than some in recent memory, with actual issues (more than candidate resumes) being a big driver of voter choice this time around. It’s the first time voters have had a chance to weigh in on recent decisions about rent and safety. Do voters support these changes and want more of the same? I think the outcome of the election could give some hints.

  • Jackson

    I too was impressed in Jackson. He handled the questions quite well. His statement left me wondering about “anyone but Chadwick.”
    curious in Brattleboro

  • "Anyone but..."

    That left me wondering too. If someone said: “Anyone but DeGray:” Given that individual’s history of rudeness when he was chair, I would not need an explanation.

    But Jackson seems to think that “Anyone but Chadwick” is so obvious as to be universally understood.

    I was surprised because at the forum, Jackson so clearly conducted himself as a person who is present, thoughtful, and mentally alive… the kind of person who would realize that some sort of indication of the reason for a strong statement like that, is necessary.

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    Hello friends,

    Jackson uses “they/them” pronouns. Please respect Jackson and their personal pronouns when speaking or writing about them.

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