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Karl C. Anderson 
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Re: “In Referendum on Refugees, Rutland Mayor Loses Reelection Bid

Chris had a few missteps this year one of the biggest was the way that the rollout of the refugee resettlement program was sprung on the general public after being kept under wraps. Many people who were in favor of refugees in Rutland were opposed to the way it was handled or at least that was the rationale that they used in their continued opposition. Personally I am in favor of the refugees and was willing to look beyond the way it was handled. Some people would be against refugees no matter how it was handled.

Chris was also a chief proponent of changes in the Fire Department that rubbed many people the wrong way. He is also the first to admit that he is not the greatest politician more of a policy "wonk" than a hand-shaker / baby-kisser so as these things piled up he was not well equipped to reverse the trend. So run those things together and you have a little more realistic explanation for why the Mayoral vote went as it did while the Alderman race went 4-2 pro-refugee. Rutland, like many relationships, is "complicated". I commend Mayor Louras for many advances that he made during his tenure and wish him luck in his future endeavors.

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Posted by Karl C. Anderson on 03/08/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “In Referendum on Refugees, Rutland Mayor Loses Reelection Bid

I don't think it is fair to characterize the mayor's race as a "referendum on refugees". According to the Rutland Herald "Two candidates who were outspoken in their opposition to the refugee resettlement in Rutland won election to the Rutland Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, while four who were supportive of the resettlement won as well."

This can lead to a number of conclusions including 1. Voters were not voting strictly about one issue (refugee resettlement) 2. If they were voting strictly on one issue they are in favor of refugee resettlement. Probably a mix of the two.

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Posted by Karl C. Anderson on 03/08/2017 at 2:41 PM

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