James Marc Leas is a founding member of the Stop the F-35 Coalition in Burlington Vermont. He has published some two dozen articles on the F-35 and F-35 basing in Vermont on Truthout, Counterpunch, The Burlington Free Press, and VTDigger. Running on an anti-war and anti-F-35 platform statewide, in 2013 he ran for the office of Vermont Adjutant General, the leader of the Vermont National Guard, which is elected by the legislature. A few months ago he ran against the incumbent for a South Burlington City Council seat featuring opposition to F-35 basing in South Burlington and he got 46% of the vote. Before becoming a patent attorney James was an engineer at IBM, and he holds over 40 patents for his inventions. James served as a staff physicist for the Union of Concerned Scientists in its Washington, DC office for a year in the aftermath of the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant.