Burlington City Councilor Jane Knodell has spent 20 years representing the city’s Central District as a Progressive. But on January 6th the Progressive caucus decided to nominate newcomer Perri Freeman, a 27-year-old community organizer. Knodell is now running as an independent to try to keep her seat on the council. She tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley a couple factors led to her decision.
“I heard from a lot of constituents in the Central District who hadn’t attended the caucus and don’t kind of go to party caucuses that they really wanted me to run, go ahead and run as an independent because they valued the work that I did and they wanted a choice and an opportunity to support me. So that was pretty important. And secondly I am not ready to give up fighting for the issues that I believe in.”
Independent Burlington city council incumbent Jane Knodell faces Progressive Perri Freeman and Democrat Jared Carter. No Republican has yet entered the race. The election is on Town Meeting Day Tuesday, March 5th.