Local Elections

Mayor - Carina Driscoll 

  

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.  

Ward 1 City Council - Sharon Bushor 

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

Ward 2 City Council - Max Tracy 

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.

Ward 3 City Council - Brian Pine 

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.

 

Ward 5 City Council - Jesse Warren 

Jesse Warren was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Burlington after his partner, a 5th generation Vermonter and UVM grad, was offered a job in town. He serves on the Coordinating Committee for the Vermont Progressive Party, as well as on the board of the Chittenden County Progressives. In addition to working on various civic and political campaigns to advance economic, social, and environmental justice both in Vermont and around the country, he spent four years working as an accomplished music producer. He now runs a publishing company out of Burlington, focusing on music as well as books related to political activism.
 

Ward 6 City Council - Charles Simpson

As a Burlington homeowner in Ward 6 for 20 years, I’ve seen rising taxes and unmet social needs. Our beaches are often closed, our lake polluted. Where enhanced mass transit and peripheral parking is needed, officials tried to commercialize curb use in residential neighborhoods. Where Plan BTV set a height limit of 105-ft. downtown based on public discussion, council approved structures that will reach 175-ft with roof infrastructure. The incumbent administration allowed structural decay to force the closing of Memorial Auditorium, then tried to pass it to UVM for a hockey rink. Rather than maximizing usefulness by children and seniors of City Hall Park with natural play areas and game boards, the sitting council seeks to turn it into a garish tourist attraction costing us millions. We face a housing cost squeeze yet our mayor and council promote student housing downtown rather than on campuses where lower-cost student cooperative housing could be built. Nor has the City enhanced the inclusionary zoning formula or put a cap on the aircraft noise that has led to the demolition of 200 owner-occupied homes around BTV. With a fresh look at the decades-old Champlain Parkway plan needed, one that enhances street conductivity and maximizes maximizes the job potential of the industrial district, the present council wants to block off five streets and slice up the industrial district with a limited-access roadway. Enough of this leadership failure! 
 
I will listen to residents. I will work with the Neighborhood Planning Assembly, resist the privatization of city assets, and refuse to subsidize private projects with tax money. I know Ward 6 and the city’s issues. I’m Co-Clerk at the Quaker Meeting, long an NPA activist, former site coordinator in the Community Gardens system, and have analyzed urban problems for 34 years as a professor of sociology. I’ve defended Hill neighbors against a commercialized parking scheme on our residential streets and helped organize NPA community forums on Housing, Open Space, and the Future of Memorial Auditorium. As part of the Pine Street Coalition, I’m working to promote a fresh analysis of our road and mass transit needs that emphasizes pedestrian and bicycle safety and environmentally sound electric buses. 
 
Preserving the livability of our city, not the narrow interests of the real estate industry, will guide my work as your council member.  Help me help you to preserve the Burlington Difference. 

Ward 7 City Council - Ali Dieng 

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.

Ward 8 City Council - JF Carter Neubieser 

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.

 

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