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Monday, January 14, 2019

Hartnett Withdraws From Burlington City Council Race

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 11:24 AM

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  • Dave Hartnett
Longtime Burlington City Councilor Dave Hartnett has withdrawn from the race for the North District seat he currently occupies.

The New North End Democrat said he made the decision last week due to a series of family obligations, which he refused to specify. The announcement comes as a surprise: The eight-year incumbent had already submitted his petition for reelection and earned the Democratic endorsement at the party caucus last month.

The native Burlingtonian said he notified Mayor Miro Weinberger and Democratic Party leadership on Friday. "I could run and win, but it was about whether I could serve with 110 percent," Hartnett said.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Longtime Councilor Knodell Loses Progressive Nomination

Posted By on Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 9:55 PM

Left to right: Perri Freeman, Kienan Christianson, Jack Hanson and Mohamed Jafar - KATIE JICKLING
  • Katie Jickling
  • Left to right: Perri Freeman, Kienan Christianson, Jack Hanson and Mohamed Jafar
Longtime Burlington city councilor and progressive stalwart Jane Knodell was rejected by her party Sunday as voters endorsed challenger Perri Freeman to represent the Central District on the ballot in the March election.

Freeman earned 85 votes to Knodell's 55 during the Progressive Party caucus at the Sustainability Academy in Burlington's Old North End. The result could mark the end of an era; Knodell, a former council president, has served 19 nonconsecutive years on the council. On Sunday, she said she didn't yet know whether she'd run as an independent.

More than 220 Progressive voters turned out to endorse candidates for the Town Meeting Day election. Members of some organizations, including the Democratic Socialists of America and Rights & Democracy, helped mobilize residents to support Freeman.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Two Winooski City Council Members to Run for Mayor

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 6:28 PM

Eric Covey and Kristine Lott - COURTESY PHOTOS
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  • Eric Covey and Kristine Lott
Winooski City Councilors Kristine Lott and Eric Covey both announced Tuesday they will run for mayor.

The news came one day after Mayor Seth Leonard announced he would step down before his term is up to avoid any conflicts of interest involving his new job with the Vermont Housing Finance Agency. His term would have run until 2021.

Both contenders for the part-time job are relatively new to the city council. Neither is running with a party affiliation.

Lott was elected in March, and Covey was elected in 2017.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Citing New Job, Winooski Mayor Seth Leonard to Resign

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 4:21 PM

Winooski Mayor Seth Leonard, center. - COURTESY CITY OF WINOOSKI
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  • Winooski Mayor Seth Leonard, center.
The Winooski mayor's job is up for grabs.

Seth Leonard will step down from the post January 28 and pass the baton temporarily to city councilor and deputy mayor Nicole Mace. She'll serve until a new mayor is elected on Town Meeting Day in March. Leonard's term would have lasted until March 2021.

Leonard said he is leaving early because he has accepted a new job as managing director of community development at the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, effective January 8. The statewide organization's work could present a conflict of interest with various mayoral decisions, Leonard said, including those pertaining to affordable housing .

"Even the concern of a conflict, I think it is important that we remove that,” Leonard told Seven Days Monday.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Jared Carter to Run for Burlington City Council Seat

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 7:34 PM

Lawyer Jared Carter will make a bid to represent the Old North End on the Burlington City Council.

Carter will seek both the Progressive and the Democratic nominations in his run for the Central District seat, he said in his campaign announcement Thursday. He's contending for one of four council seats up for grabs on Town Meeting Day in March.

Carter is hoping to unseat longtime incumbent Councilor Jane Knodell (P-Central District), who has served for nearly 20 years on the council, including two stints as its president.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Colston's Write-in Bid Wins Him a Winooski City Council Seat

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 6:03 PM

Hal Colston and Kristine Lott - PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
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  • Hal Colston and Kristine Lott
It's rare for a write-in candidate to win a seat on the Winooski City Council. But Hal Colston did just that on Tuesday.

"It was just kind of, wow," Colston said Wednesday. "It just ... reinforced for me that this is my time to step in and serve.”

The nonprofit exec got into the campaign in early February, after the deadline to get on the ballot had passed. He distributed stickers, posters and postcards to help people vote for him. When 537 people did, Colston claimed one of two council seats that were up for grabs.

Kristine Lott, who was listed on the ballot, won the other seat. She was the top vote-getter, with 607 ballots.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Burlington Voters Approve Anti-F-35 Ballot Initiative

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 8:37 PM

Burlington voters on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative meant to prevent the basing of F-35 fighter jets at Burlington International Airport.

The advisory vote, which passed 6,482 to 5,237 in a preliminary tally, asks the Burlington City Council to request that federal officials cancel the basing decision.

The fighter jets, scheduled to arrive in 2019 and replace the 18 F-16s currently at the airport, have been a source of controversy for years. The Vermont Air National Guard was the first reserve unit in the country scheduled to receive the next-generation fighter jets, despite vocal opposition from environmentalists and local residents concerned about noise.

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Weinberger Secures Third Term As Burlington Mayor

Posted By , and on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 8:20 PM

Mayor Miro Weinberger gives his victory speech Tuesday. - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Mayor Miro Weinberger gives his victory speech Tuesday.
Updated March 7, 2018.

Incumbent Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger sailed to a third term Tuesday night, capturing about 48 percent of the vote to defeat Carina Driscoll and Infinite Culcleasure.

Weinberger, a Democrat, tallied 5,749 votes, compared to 4,155 for the Progressive-backed Driscoll and 1,910 for Culcleasure, an independent, according to unofficial election results provided by the city. Driscoll earned 35 percent of the vote, while Culcleasure picked up 16 percent.

The 11,884 voters far surpassed turnout in 2015, when 7,865 voters cast ballots, and 2012, when 10,129 people showed up at the polls.

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Herring Wins Barre Mayoral Race With Pledge to Follow Lauzon Legacy

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 8:01 PM

Sue Higby and Lucas Herring
  • Sue Higby and Lucas Herring
City Councilor Lucas Herring was elected Barre's mayor on Tuesday and will replace Mayor Thom Lauzon, who is leaving office after his controversial 12-year tenure.

Herring, a Lauzon ally, bested City Councilor Sue Higby 785-561, preliminary tallies showed.

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Happy Town Meeting Day 2018, Vermont! Here's What's Happening

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 7:04 PM

It's results time! We'll be live blogging results, news and more this evening. Polls close at 7 p.m., and we'll share updates right here as they come in. Got a question or something to share? Tweet at @sevendaysvt or weigh in with your thoughts in the comments below!

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