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Town Meeting Day

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

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
Middlebury College

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.

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.

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.

Jane Knodell at a Burlington City Council meeting
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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.

F-35
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On Town Meeting Day in March, Burlington voters passed a resolution that asked city officials to request the cancelation of the basing of F-35 fighter jets at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.   Although the mayor refused to sign it, the city council approved forwarding the resolution to the Secretary of the Air Force.  In the following weeks,  two other city councils passed similar resolutions.  On Tuesday, members of the business community were at the airport to warn of what they believe are the negative implications of losing the fighter jets.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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Republican Governor Phil Scott's administration says school budgets need to be reduced more in order to avoid property tax hikes.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

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.

A number of local officials were elected and ballot questions decided across Vermont on Tuesday. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at some of the results.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger discusses credit rating as BED Director Neale Lunderville observes
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Democratic Burlington, Vt. Mayor Miro Weinberger won re-election to a third, three-year term on Tuesday. He beat Carina Driscoll and fellow independent candidate Infinite Culcleasure.

How sustainable is the idea of a community-wide gathering to discuss and decide town issues?  It’s something Vermont is grappling with as residents across the state participate in today’s Town Meeting Day tradition.

Ripton Town Meeting 2016
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One of the most traditional forms of democratic government is occurring in Vermont today.  It is Town Meeting Day and voters are choosing local officials, determining budgets and policies and weighing in on resolutions.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (file photo)
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The campaign is into its final days for the three candidates vying to become mayor of Vermont’s largest city, including incumbent Miro Weinberger.  In the last of our candidate profiles, the Democrat speaks was at the Burlington waterfront. Weinberger says there are a number of reasons he’s running for a third three-year term.

On Town Meeting Day some Vermont towns will vote on resolutions that address climate change.

(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.

F-35
USAF

At its most recent meeting, the Burlington City Council debated a citizen resolution for the Town Meeting Day ballot that would ask residents if the F-35 fighter jets should be based in Vermont’s largest city.  Their primary concern is the resolution’s wording.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
Candidate websites

The three candidates running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont came together at a forum at City Hall Monday evening.

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