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Ericka Bundy Redic
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Vermont’s Town Meeting Day is one week away. A number of candidates are running for the four open seats on the Burlington City Council.  In the city’s North District, the incumbent unexpectedly withdrew in January, resulting in two independents and a Democrat vying for the seat.  Ericka Bundy Redic is one of the independent candidates.  She tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she is running to sharpen the council’s focus on economic development.

East District Progressive candidate Jack Hanson
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Town Meeting Day in Vermont is coming up in less than two weeks, and a number of candidates are running for the four open seats for the Burlington City Council.  Two candidates seek the East District seat, the incumbent and progressive challenger Jack Hanson.  A community organizer and jazz musician, Hanson identified affordability and climate change as key issues when he announced his campaign.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he’s been following politics for a while and believes things can be done better especially at the local level.

Jared Carter
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There are four city council seats up for election in Burlington on Town Meeting Day next month.  The Democrat running in the Central City district race is an attorney who leads the Vermont Community Law Center and teaches at the Vermont Law School.  Jared Carter tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that economic justice issues are key to his “Burlington Leads” platform.

Paco DeFrancis
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Town Meeting Day is coming up soon in Vermont, and a number of candidates are running for the four open seats for the Burlington City Council.  Financial analyst Paco DeFrancis is a native Vermonter who moved to Burlington about three years ago after he graduated from college. The Independent candidate tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he’s running because he’s seen too many of his peers leave Burlington.

Perri Freeman
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Town Meeting Day is coming up soon in Vermont, and it will mean changes for the Burlington City Council. During the January 6th Burlington Progressive caucus, candidates were chosen to run in the four ward races.  For 19 years incumbent, Jane Knodell has been the Central District’s Progressive city councilor.  But at the caucus, party members opted to instead endorse Perri Freeman on an 85 to 55 vote. Freeman tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley her grassroots environmental and labor rights organizing would cross over to work on the city council.

Burlington City Hall Park in winter
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Burlington City Councilors this week considered whether a question about the future of City Hall Park should be put on the Town Meeting Day ballot. The debate led to two hours of public comment and over an hour of council discussion.

Councilor Dave Hartnett (in black vest and pink shirt) during a Burlington City Council meeting
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Burlington’s East, Central, North and South City Council district councilors are up for election on Town Meeting Day in March. North District incumbent Independent David Hartnett submitted his petition for reelection and was endorsed by the city’s Democratic Party. But late last week he informed Mayor Miro Weinberger and the Democrats that he was withdrawing due to an undisclosed family obligation.  Hartnett, an outspoken eight-year councilor, says this is one of the most difficult political decisions he’s ever made.

From new gun laws to a nurses’ strike and the legalization of marijuana, 2018 brought a lot of change to Vermont. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reviews some of the benchmarks.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council approved a charter change resolution that would revise Burlington’s Downtown Improvement District.  Although councilors moved the measure forward, they also made sure they could make changes before the public vote on Town Meeting Day in March.

Burlington City Hall Park
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Burlington, Vermont City Councilors approved a resolution this week calling for a change in the city’s charter that would eliminate a business tax.

Burlington's Church Street Marketplace in winter
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There were several charter changes for Burlington, Vermont City Councilors to review at this week’s meeting. One of the more controversial items under consideration is whether the city should expand the current Downtown Improvement District.

Voters in Vermont's largest city have approved two multi-million dollar bonds.

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On Tuesday, Burlington voters will decide whether to approve nearly $30 million in bonds to improve the city’s wastewater and stormwater systems.

Burlington City Hall
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Burlington, Vermont officials will hold a town hall meeting Thursday to review a proposed plan to upgrade the city’s wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces proposed Clean Water Resiliency plan
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Last week, Burlington, Vermont’s mayor and Department of Public Works officials announced an accelerated plan to renovate the city’s wastewater and storm water system after chronic problems with overflows this summer.  The $30 million plan went before city councilors this week, who have sent it to the November ballot for voter approval.

Burlington City Council President Kurt Wright
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The Burlington, Vermont City council will have a full agenda when it meets on Monday evening. It will decide whether a $30 million proposal to upgrade the city’s waste and storm water system should be put on the November ballot for voter approval.  It will also review a renovation plan for Burlington High School.  At the same time, Council President Kurt Wright says that a Charter Change Committee is reviewing the council’s procedural rules.

The demolition phase of a redevelopment project in the downtown of Vermont's largest city is done and constructions crews are ready to move on to the excavation phase.

From left: Mayor Miro Weinberger, Parks Director Cindi Wight, Episcopal Bishop Thomas Ely, Parks Foundation Chair John Bossange
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A coalition has announced the public phase of a campaign to conserve 163 acres of shoreline forest in the city of Burlington, Vermont.

Mayor Miro Weinberger
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The city of Burlington, Vermont’s 2018 fiscal year budget included $500,000 to launch an Early Learning Initiative. During this month’s City Council meeting, grant awards were approved that will help organizations expand or create child care availability for infants and toddlers.  The program has been a priority since Mayor Miro Weinberger was first elected in 2012. Now in his third term, the Democrat says the grants fund a vital program for the city and its children.

Officials in Vermont are urging people to be aware of the dangers of high heat and humidity as temperatures rise.

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Authorities say white supremacist flyers have been posted at multiple libraries in Vermont.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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Nearly one month after Town Meeting Day, the Burlington City Council met last night to swear-in the mayor and council to new terms and hear the State of the City address.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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On Town Meeting Day in Vermont, Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was re-elected to a third term.  During his victory speech Tuesday evening, he told supporters it had been a hard-fought campaign — one in which he learned from his two challengers.  The mayor spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the results and his plans for the city over the next three years.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger talks about environmental priorities
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was at the city’s waterfront Tuesday afternoon to outline his environmental priorities if he is elected to a third term on Tuesday.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
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Just over two weeks before voters in Burlington, Vermont go to the polls on Town Meeting Day, the three candidates for mayor faced off in another forum Thursday evening.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
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The three candidates running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont came together at a forum at City Hall Monday evening.

Burlington City Hall Park
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Burlington City Councilors have been considering a proposed new downtown streetscape plan.  But some councilors question if the plan would ban cars from the center city area.

Burlington City Hall
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During a recent meeting of the Burlington City Council, the panel heard a report on homelessness in the city and reviewed a possible ordinance on unruly behavior, which some considered related.

Carina Driscoll
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Over the past week,  two candidates have announced campaigns to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger in the election on Town Meeting Day in March.  On Monday, former city councilor and state legislator Carina Driscoll announced she will run as an Independent.  The lifelong Burlington resident, who is the stepdaughter of Senator Bernie Sanders, hopes to run a grassroots campaign that brings people together to build a new vision for the city.

Infinite Culcleasure
Infinite Culcleasure

Local elections in Vermont are held on Town Meeting Day in March.  In the past few days, two individuals have announced campaigns to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.  The first to announce is community activist Infinite Culcleasure.  He says will run as an Independent and seek support of the Progressive Party.

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