As I go into what I hope to be my third term as Mayor, I want to pose the question, what could Montpelier be like? I believe we need Montpelier to be climate resilient. We need it to be diverse and accessible. We need it to be affordable. And we need to be prepared. That’s why I will am prioritizing reducing our carbon emission, expanding childcare options, and focusing on equity through my third term.
- We must continue to examine the City’s carbon output and how we can meet our net zero goals. We will reach net zero energy by 2030 for municipal operations, and we must continue to pursue programs for the community at large so that we can beat our goal of net zero by 2050 for the community. We need to look at how we can incentivize, encourage, and support peoples’ transition off of fossil fuels, especially those residents with low incomes.
- We childcare capacity to meet the need in Central Vermont. This means we need childcare options for infants and children up through age five. All of our childcare options need to match a typical work-day schedule.
- When I think about how the City could be more equitable, there are many aspects to consider. I want Montpelier to be a place where people of all backgrounds feel safe, valued, and heard. Montpelier should be a place where every resident has access to resources they may need in times of crisis, they have access information, and where finances don’t prevent participation in democracy. We have a long way to go on our journey toward equity, but we have specific suggestions from the Police Review Committee and the Social and Economic Justice Committee that we can implement over the coming months.
Paid for by Anne Watson for Mayor.