There is great news in the Free Press this morning for Burlington voters. There are contested city council races in all seven wards!!
Burlington City Council races present choices
Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
By John Briggs
Free Press Staff Writer
All seven wards in Burlington will have election contests on Town Meeting Day, said Jo Lamarche, the city’s director of elections.
In Ward 1, independent incumbent Sharon Bushor is running unopposed for a new two-year term. A three-way race has developed, however, to fill the remaining year of Democratic Councilor Ian Carleton’s term. Carleton, the council president, announced recently he was resigning his seat because he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Democrats have nominated attorney Ed Adrian for the seat, and he will face independent Dick Bove and Progressive Megan Munson-Warnken.
In other wards, contests that became clear after the Monday filing deadline are:
WARD 2: Progressive incumbent Jane Knodell will be opposed by independent David Rogers.
WARD 3: Incumbent Tim Ashe, a Progressive, will face independent Loyal Ploof. Ploof was nominated by city Republicans but withdrew from the race before deciding to run as an independent.
WARD 4: Republican incumbent Kurt Wright will be opposed by Democrat Jim Holway.
WARD 6: Andy Montroll, the incumbent Democrat, will be opposed by Tom Licata, running as an independent.
WARD 7: Linda Deliduka, a Democrat, Craig Gutchell, a Republican, and independent Ellie Blais will campaign for the seat held by Democrat Carmen George. George, elected in 2005, decided not to run again.
Deliduka lost a three-way contest for the Ward 7 seat in 2004, coming in third behind Republican Alan Sousie and the ultimate winner, independent Ellie Blais. Gutchell ran unsuccessfully in 2006 for state representative. Blais lost her seat in 2006 to Republican Paul Decelles.
This is a great day for local democracy in Burlington.
I will continue to bring local election coverage during the month of February. If there are any candidate websites, feel free to e-mail me (go to my profile) and I will put up a link.
Also, be sure to check out BurlingtonPol.com for Haik’s local election coverage.