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Progressive Mayor Bob Kiss to run for relection

Bob Kiss is the incumbent mayor of Burlington, Vermont and a members of the Progressive Party. He has declared that he will run for re-election on March 3, 2009. Two or three candidates are hoping to oust Mayor Kiss, including one Independent.

Independent Dan Smith, 33, is a lawyer currently on leave from his job as vice-president of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. Smith has never run for elective office, though his father, Peter Smith, was Vermont’s Republican lieutenant governor and Congressman in the 1980s.

Smith says, “Economic development and luring new jobs into downtown” are top issues. He has lived in Burlington for six years and says he has raised between $15,000 and $20,000 for his campaign. Smith holds a kickoff rally and fundraiser Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Red Square on Church Street.

On Wednesday, Ward 6 City Councilor Andy Montroll says he expects to formally enter the race at the conclusion of the city’s Democratic caucus, slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Champlain Elementary School. Montroll, 51, narrowly lost his bid for the Democratic mayoral nomination in 2006.

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