I am a teacher, coach, city councilor, and Vermonter. And now, I’m running for mayor. Check out this site to learn more.
Finances. A mayor must ensure that the city’s finances are managed well, particularly by facilitating the budget process. As a city councilor, I supported fully funding our infrastructure, roads, water and sewer system. In the long term, the ideal city budget should only fluctuate with the cost of living, but if that can’t be achieved, I’m committed to having intentional dialogue about the services we can and can’t afford.
Infrastructure. Over the past few years, the council has adopted long-term plans to fund our water, sewer, and roadway infrastructure. This involves regular maintenance and scheduled replacements. This is a great start, but we need to take this responsible stance to all of the city’s assets, including city-owned buildings. A few dollars of maintenance today will save us from costly replacements tomorrow.
Communication. I want to bring Montpelier into the digital age. The city’s website needs to be updated to be more useful and relevant to those visiting Montpelier and to those who call Montpelier home. We need better tracking of our city’s statistics, which will be useful for making data-informed decisions. Communication is more than digital, though. We need more community forums, meetings out in the community, and frequent updates, similar to what was done with the Makeover Montpelier project.
Environment. Our flood-resiliency, energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste are all priorities for me. As a councilor, I wrote a proposal which secured one megawatt of solar power for the city at no cost to taxpayers. With an eye towards energy efficiency, we can transition to renewable fuel sources. Now that we have a stormwater master plan, we know what needs to be done, but we need to figure out how to fund these stormwater projects. Let’s also make our rivers more accessible by adding points of access! They are a great, yet under-appreciated resource.
Development. In 1910, 7,536 people lived in Montpelier. In 2010, the population was 7,535! If we want Montpelier tax rates to stabilize, and if we want to bring down our collective carbon footprint, we need more housing. Our lack of affordable housing is a social justice issue. While quaint charm is part of what makes Montpelier great, we cannot rely on current housing to carry us forward. As a proud resident of Barre Street, I advocated that we eliminate the total winter parking ban, which disproportionately affected renters.
Born and raised in Vermont, I am currently the longest-serving city councilor. As council president for the past three years, I have assumed the duties of the mayor in his absence. I’ve participated in negotiations with unions, the railroad, and developers on behalf of the city.
I’ve been a social entrepreneur my whole life. Now I’m excited to see what Montpelier can do.
I’ve been getting this question a lot lately. Can you be mayor and still teach? Can you be mayor and still coach? Because Montpelier has a Mayor-City Manager system, our City Manager (Bill Fraser) runs the day-to-day operations of the city. He manages personnel and is the city’s head administrator. City Manager is a full-time …
If you’re into municipal government, this is a pretty interesting podcast: Municipal Equation, which is based out of North Carolina.
Did you know that the average Montpelier resident spends more than 20% of their income on transportation? Check out Montpelier’s transportation data in more detail here. 40% of Montpelier’s housing is rental units. More on housing data here.
Join us for some door knocking on Saturday, January 27th and Saturday, February 3rd. We’ll meet at the Coop Cafe at 10am to get walking routes and materials. Oh, and there will be muffins!