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"I didn't want to be a City Councilor anyway" sounds like a sore loser to me (or a kid who lost a student council election)! Agree with the @Scott Pavek that we dodged a bullet on this one. Also agreed that she ran a very negative and hateful campaign for someone with no interest in governing anyway...or maybe just a stunt to get some publicity and help legitimize the CLC (and herself)?
I apologize if my comments came across as overly harsh. Perhaps, taking a page from the Trump playbook, all unpleasant facts about a person running for political office can now be labelled bullying?
I respect kindness, fairness, and truthfulness. Is it fair for a candidate not to disclose the fact that she belongs to (and heads) a self-described cult with a "vision of civilization?" With a written manifesto that lays out a clear agenda for spreading its values through means *including* legislation?
This is not a personal attack against this candidate; this is offering information (with links and citations!) about a candidate for public office, who some may argue appears unfit for the job, and personally unstable, as evidenced through other, public and verifiable actions. Several others have noted this, too- unaware of Aesthesia and its anti-technology/development agenda. This is concerning, given the current political climate, when Democrats and Progressives, even at the municipal level, need to be taken seriously to keep and hold relevance at the city, state, and national level.
Again, I am sorry if that was not worded gently enough the first time. Perhaps my frustration that no one has commented on that (publicly, anyway...) got the better of me!
Maybe this candidate can address the issue of her cult leadership, and assure us that there are no personal conflicts between its stated values (which are extremely relevant to city politics) and her potential job as city councilor?
The fact is, when you run for public office, you open yourself up for possibly harsh scrutiny and evaluation, so the community can decide if you are qualified to serve. People deserve facts. THAT is only fair.
Scrape Grill from the ballot! Jane Sanders called it- this woman was not fit to be influencing the minds of young people, and she certainly has no business in politics, or the experience to be guiding city projects. Please investigate her actions in this city, since she decided to involve herself in anti-development projects. Please see her prior attacks and self-promotional posts in the comments section of other articles covering this race. Yes, she rides around on an old bike. So did the Wicked Witch. Do not be taken in by her tea-dispensing theatrics and feigned timidity about running for office, but look at her aggressive actions that say otherwise.
Furthermore, PLEASE be informed- investigate the self-described "cult" that she leads, which (please see excerpt of their manifesto here: https://sites.google.com/site/joelschlemowitz/aesthesia) declares its mission to "affirm the primary human value of beauty before the secondary convenience of utility....through LEGISLATION" (among other things). Yes, that's right: Grill and an older, more reclusive but influential man lead this self-described "cult of beauty, an individual and social idealism, and a progressive vision of civilization." Her staunch opposition to progress and development comes straight from the agenda of the self-led "cult" of Aesthesia, which dubs itself a "utopian sanctuary" in a rented house with strict rules about who/what belongs and what doesn't. You can find links to Aesthesia on her blog here: http://genesegrill.blogspot.com/
She and her "Aesthesians" are free to live as they please, but we should become concerned when one of them runs for public office on a hidden "Aesthesian" platform, with the potential ability to not only affect public policy and decision-making, but also the public image of Burlington and its sanity in an increasingly unstable nation.