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Town Meeting Day

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More than 20 Vermont communities have approved allowing retail marijuana businesses within their borders.

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Town Meeting Day is traditionally when Vermonters gather to debate and decide local elections, budgets and community issues in town halls and auditoriums.  Voters assessed a number of items during non-traditional meetings this year.

Mayor Miro Weinberger wins a fourth term on Town Meeting Day 2021
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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger won re-election Tuesday to a fourth three-year term in his closest race yet for the city’s top seat.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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In Vermont Town Meeting day results Tuesday, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was narrowly re-elected to a fourth three-year term. The Democrat defeated Progressive City Council President Max Tracy by 129 votes.

A casualty of the coronavirus pandemic could be the centuries-old tradition of the New England town meeting.

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Many Vermont communities will decide issues through Australian ballot rather than floor discussion and voice votes on Town Meeting Day Tuesday due to the pandemic.  This year questions range from land purchase approvals to cannabis sales.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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Vermont’s Town Meeting Day is Tuesday. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has this overview of the race for mayor in the state’s largest city, Burlington.

Burlington City Hall
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On Town Meeting Day March 2nd, Burlington, Vermont voters will select who they want to lead the city for the next three years. The candidates for mayor have participated in a series of debates focused on policing, public safety, housing and downtown development.

Burlington City Hall
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Burlington, Vermont voters will be asked on Town Meeting Day March 2nd whether Ranked Choice Voting should be used to select city councilors. The charter change question is controversial as advocates say it’s a fairer way to choose city leaders.  But opponents point out the system has been used in the city in the past and discarded.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council meeting Tuesday evening included a review of items that will be placed on the Town Meeting Day ballot in March.

Former Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle (file)
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A former Progressive mayor of Burlington, Vermont is endorsing Democratic incumbent Miro Weinberger for re-election ahead of Town Meeting Day in March.

The 2021 Burlington Town Meeting Day election is taking shape as Progressives and Democrats have now chosen their candidates for mayor and city council seats.

Last week the Burlington Progressive party held a virtual caucus to choose candidates in the March 2nd Town Meeting Day city races. On Saturday, they held another virtual meeting to launch the mayoral campaign and embrace what they perceive as a high level of support for their policies. 

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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On Burlington, Vermont’s Town Meeting Day ballot on March 2, voters will choose their mayor and four city council seats. Burlington Progressives held a virtual caucus Tuesday night to nominate their candidates for the Town Meeting Day races.

Burlington street sign
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Burlington City Councilors met this week and while their agenda was not long, the panel spent considerable time discussing a potential charter change to be put before voters.

Voters will decide local races in Vermont on Town Meeting Day, March 3rd.  In Burlington, several candidates have already announced they will run for mayor. One city councilor kicked off his campaign Monday.

A number of candidates are lining up in Burlington’s Town Meeting Day race for mayor.  A  city councilor formally announced Monday that he will seek the Progressive nomination.

Vermont's secretary of state formally certified the results of Vermont's presidential primary one week after the votes were cast.

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Tuesday was Town Meeting Day and Vermont voters had a number of local ballot items to decide.  In the state’s largest city, there will be changes on the Burlington City Council after two incumbents lost their reelection bids.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council has made its final decisions on whether three charter changes will be placed on the Town Meeting Day ballot.  One will not be forwarded to voters.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council met on Tuesday this week, its regular session delayed one day due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  City councilors had a full agenda that included a review of items that will appear on the Town Meeting Day ballot in March.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council met for the last time in 2019 on Monday and debated whether three proposed charter changes should appear on March’s Town Meeting Day ballot.

Burlington City Council President Kurt Wright
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On Town Meeting Day, Burlington, Vermont voters shifted the dynamics of the city council.  There will now be six Progressives on the 12-member panel. Some wonder whether that will curb Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger’s agenda.  Voters also approved five of the six questions on the city’s ballot. City Council President Republican Kurt Wright spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the implications of the results for the council and the city.

Jim Douglas
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Former Vermont governor Jim Douglas has ended his run as Middlebury’s Town Meeting Day moderator.

Joan Shannon
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Vermont’s Town Meeting Day is Tuesday and local elections will be held across the state. In the state’s largest city, a number of candidates are running for four open seats on the Burlington City Council.  In the city’s South District, incumbent Democrat Joan Shannon has served on the council since 2003.  She tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she likes being able to make a difference in the city.

Richard Deane
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There are four city council seats up for election in Burlington on Town Meeting Day on Tuesday.   The Democrat running in the city’s East District race is incumbent Richard Deane. An architect by trade, he tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he has deep roots in his community and wants to continue to address key issues facing the city.

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Town Meeting Day is a time when Vermonters gather to discuss school and town budgets and elect local leaders.  And it’s coming up quickly: on Tuesday.

Few residents attend meeting reviewing Burlington's Town Meeting Day ballot items
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The Burlington City Council held a sparsely attended public information session Wednesday evening to review the six questions that will appear on the city’s Town Meeting Day ballot next week.

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.

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