BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Some say Burlington’s future is in the hands of voters on the day of the city meeting. There are a number of big ballots and a hotly contested mayoral race that together could change the political landscape.
We know that of the nearly 26,000 active registered voters in Burlington, more more than 8,000 ballots have already been cast by mail.
Experts I spoke with believe many want change in Burlington, but they say the pandemic could make voters play it safe.
“In COVID, the incumbent position has proven to be a very powerful position in Vermont,” Carina Driscoll said.
Driscoll, a former Burlington mayoral candidate, gave Mayor Miro Weinberger his biggest challenge of 2018. Senator Bernie Sanders’ daughter-in-law lost about 1,600 votes. The Independent, who won Progressive Party support at the time, believes people are ready for a change in Queen City.
“A lot of us want it, I think a lot of us want it in our hearts,” Driscoll said.
But she wonders how the pandemic will influence voters. Will they take the safest route and re-elect the incumbent or take a risk on a new leader? She’s not sold on what Weinberger touts as successes, but neither is she sure that a Progressive majority in Burlington is the answer, either. This is why she supports the independence of Ali Dieng in the race.
“I think a lot of people have reservations that a party has so much control and a voice over the politics and direction of the city,” Driscoll said.
Progressive Party leader Josh Wronski says …
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