Councilors also heard from residents who expressed anger and frustration in response to a police shooting that hospitalized a Burlington resident over the weekend.
Vermonters care about our kids. We support our young people to be who they are. There is no place in Vermont for fearmongering, hatred and lies.
In the days after a 29-year-old transgender woman was stabbed to death in Morristown, comments from local party leaders have been cited as examples of the way in which anti-trans hate flourishes in Vermont.
Scott reportedly said that, if he decides not to seek reelection, Vermont state government could slip into one-party rule. “There needs to be an adult in the room,” he said.
A week after the state party chair criticized trans rights legislation in his newsletter, the chair of the Burlington Republican Party disparaged its sponsors, referring to each as a “groomer.”
The party guarded the four seats it already held in Tuesday’s Town Meeting Day election, with swing vote Ali Dieng maintaining his seat by a thread.
Candidates’ first disclosures showed that Democrats generally raised more than their rivals, though Progressives said their efforts will pick up as the March 1 election nears.
The failed vote to confirm Burlington acting police Chief Jon Murad could be a focus of this year's City Council elections.
Now that all three major parties have nominated candidates, five of the eight open City Council seats are expected to be contested in Burlington’s March 1 election.
Magee’s win represents a continuation of the ward’s political reputation — since the 1980s, a Progressive has represented the district on the City Council.
Burlington’s Ward 3 residents will choose among three candidates — a Progressive, an independent and a Republican — in Tuesday’s special election. The victor may dictate the future of Burlington’s police department.
Republican Ward 3 Burlington City Council candidate Christopher-Aaron Felker is being asked to drop out of the race by his competitors. His campaign manager says he’s not going anywhere.
As city councilor, Christopher-Aaron Felker said he would aim to spend more energy on rebuilding the city’s sidewalks and add more funding back to the Burlington Police Department. But his recent retweets of anti-transgender figures raise questions.