This is it, folks! Tomorrow is the day to turn out and show your support for our endorsed candidates for Mayor, City Council, and School Board, as well as several key ballot items.
We know you've heard from us a lot here at Rights & Democracy - texts, emails, and in meetings, so here's the quick recap:
Mayor: Independent Carina Driscoll for Mayor. The momentum of people supporting Carina’s campaign has been building for weeks as folks learn how she plans to include all of us in building Burlington's future.
Aside from Rights & Democracy (RAD), Carina has been endorsed by the Coalition for a Livable City, AFSCME Local 1343 Council 93 (nearly 300 city and school workers), Our Revolution, the National Nurses Union, and the Burlington Free Press. This diverse group of endorsements demonstrate Carina’s inclusive vision for the city and a recognition of her ability to bring people together.
Carina’s victory will be the start of rebuilding trust and opening up the doors of City Hall to everyone in our community. Carina has proven skills to lead the city and a record of listening to all of the people who live here, not just a self-selected group of self-identified "leaders." That combination will ensure that under her leadership that City Hall will work for the people, not private interests.
For same-day voter registration information, getting a ride to the polls, or to find your polling station: Visit Carina's website for details.
In addition to Carina, here are the other RAD-endorsed candidates that our members voted to endorse:
Ward 2: Max Tracy, Progressive
Ward 3: Brian Pine, Progressive
Ward 5: Jesse Warren, Progressive
Ward 6: Charles Simpson, Progressive
Ward 7: Ali Dieng, Progressive-Democrat
Ward 8: Carter Neubieser, Progressive
Ward 4: Martine Gulick
Ward 5: Nicole Twohig
Ward 7: Monika Ivancic
In addition, several issues on our Burlington People’s Platform are on the ballot, too.
We are encouraging folks to support the following ballot items:
Question 1: Vote Yes on the School Budget. Any problems that we have with the way we fund education should be settled in the School Board elections, and in discussions with Montpelier - but not taken out on our kids. We also need to show support for our teachers and staff. Of the budget increase, only 1% is due to local spending, the other 7% is due to an increase in the statewide property tax (of which we have no control over at the local level).
Question 4: Vote Yes to say you want more climate action! Our friends at 350 Vermont have been working hard around the state to ensure that legislators and the governor know that we cannot slow down our progress to create a just transition to a future powered by renewable energy. Add your voice by voting Yes on #4.
Question 5: Show your support for Affordable Housing by urging the City Council to look to a suite of local option taxes to provide more progressive and equitable funding sources for the city’s housing trust fund and rely less on the regressive property tax. This important fund could be used more widely to build truly affordable, and perpetually affordable, housing. This ballot item was proposed by RAD members in Burlington, and we are thankful to Councilor Max Tracy for helping to lead the fight to get it on the ballot.
Question 6: Vote Yes on cancelling the F-35 from coming to Burlington’s International Airport. The impact on affordable housing and our children in our community and in the communities of our neighbors—especially Winooski and South Burlington—is too much to ignore.
So, join us in putting the people back in charge of City Hall and vote for Carina Driscoll and all of our RAD-endorsed candidates!
And, mark your calendars: Join us next Monday, March 12 for a Burlington Community Action Meeting & Potluck from 6-7:30 PM at our offices on 241 North Winooski Avenue. We'll have food, an election debrief, talk about our next steps on affecting change here in Burlington (and supporting our winning candidates), and get updates on our statewide campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, and more.