I will work to bring Burlington to again be that vibrant, forward-thinking city where we are all so proud to live. It is time to bring our actions in Burlington back into line with our community values. Burlingtonians of all walks of life, political parties, and throughout the city yearn for the opportunity to engage the issues that impact their lives and their community. It is time to bring the people back to the table.
In this period of rapid development of our city, many community assets hang in the balance. Whether we are talking about Memorial Auditorium, the Moran Plant, our public waterfront, or other city-owned property throughout Burlington, the people have the right to determine what we do with them. The message of this campaign is clear. Burlington is not for sale. These community assets should be leveraged to achieve a vision outlined by the people in a transparent community process, not dispensed with and passed along to the highest bidder.
It has been an honor to represent Ward 1 through the years, and help make Burlington one of the most livable cities in the country. Thank you all for of your great feedback. There is more exciting work ahead of us. With your help, I will continue to bring new ideas forward, along with a deep perspective on the functioning of city government. Together we can meet Burlington’s upcoming opportunities and challenges. I can and will work with the Mayor and his administration to stabilize Burlington’s finances while ensuring fairness and compassion. And I will continue to take practical steps to enhance neighborhood livability in Ward 1. To do this work I ask for your support on March 6th
Max Tracy currently serves as the Ward 2 City Councilor. He is a UVM alum (class of 2009) who currently works at the University as an international admissions counselor. Max has lived in Burlington for 9 years, the last 6 years here in Ward 2.
He has tirelessly fought to make the dream of livable wages and affordable healthcare a reality for low-income Burlington residents. While a student at UVM, Max led campaigns for increased wages for the university’s lowest paid workers and against layoffs. Later, as an employee, Max worked with other staff members to organize a unionization drive.
Until 2015, Pine served as the City’s Housing Director for 17 years and managed the Old North End Enterprise Community during his first two years at CEDO. Since 2015, he has worked with communities in Vermont and beyond on increasing energy efficiency in affordable housing and public-purpose buildings.
Pine came of age politically during Sanders’ mayoral tenure and has been deeply involved in social, economic and environmental justice since graduating from UVM in 1985. His community activism began as part of the Progressive Coalition with a focus on housing and tenants’ rights. As a leader of the VT Tenants, he was instrumental in successful organizing drives for Burlington and state laws that protect tenants. As CEDO’s Housing Director, Pine created the Burlington Lead Program to protect children in lower-income families from the hazards of lead-based paint.
Ali is the Family Outreach Coordinator and Parent University Manager for the Burlington School District Expanded learning Opportunities. In this role, Ali works with families, assisting them with paperwork and processes to access afterschool programming for their children.
Ali also provides cultural competency workshops for afterschool staff and teaches drumming to students. As Parent University Manager, Ali coordinates with a multitude of community partners to create engaging classes and workshops for parents and families of children in the district that encourage parents to engage in the school and community and provide them with concrete knowledge and skills to improve their quality of life and ultimately their children’s success.
Ali has worked for Burlington Kids in various roles for the past eight years, since moving to Vermont in 2008. He is also involved in the community as a member of Rights & Democracy and a board member at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Ali is from Mauritania in West Africa where he studied law at the University of Nouakchott, taught elementary school, and engaged in grassroots youth organizing.
Ali lives in the New North End of Burlington with his wife Angela and two daughters and enjoys music, soccer and family hikes.
JF Carter Neubieser is the President of UVM Progressives and currently serving on the Burlington Progressive Party Steering Committee for Ward 8. He first got involved with political activism during Bernie’s Historic 2016 campaign, phone-banking for the campaign and even taking up a weekend job doing yard work so he could donate regularly.
After Bernie’s run he decided to attend school at the University of Vermont where he continued his activism on and off campus. After spending the summer canvassing with VPIRG, an environmental and consumer advocacy group, he started a chapter of the Vermont Progressive Party on UVM’s campus. Together, the team of activists that makes up UVM Progressives, have supported the coop’s bid in the sale of Burlington Telecom and a number of student group events and causes.