Although official results are not available yet, it is expected that in Tuesday’s election in Burlington, Vermont, city voters got rid of the instant runoff voting system they had been using since 2006 and voted one Progressive Party politician out of office. The Progressive Party has two seats on the city council, as do two independents. There are three Republicans and seven Democrats, as well.
From the Burlington Free Press:
Turnout was about 23 percent of the 33,218 registered voters.
City Council President Bill Keogh, a Democrat who won re-election to an eighth term by defeating Progressive Abigail Russell, 778-509, said the election results provide a “veto-proof” council to deal with Burlington Telecom and pension-fund issues in the months ahead.
“I think the way the election has come out means the City Council will have to provide the direction for Burlington Telecom over the near future,” Keogh said.
Two Democrats, incumbent David Berezniak and newcomer Bram Kranichfeld, narrowly defeated Progressives in two Ward 2 contests. Kranichfeld prevailed over Maxwell Tracy by 13 votes; Berezniak edged Jonathan Leavitt by just 10 votes.
Kranichfeld will complete the one-year remaining in the term of Progressive Emma Mulvaney-Stanak. She resigned her seat when she moved to Ward 3 in December. She ran unopposed there and won the seat currently held by Progressive Clarence Davis, who decided not to run for re-election.
In Ward 4, former City Council President Kurt Wright, a Republican, won an unexpectedly easy victory over incumbent Democrat Russ Ellis, 1,087 to 717. During the campaign, Wright told voters Ellis had been overly accommodating to Mayor Bob Kiss in the handling of Burlington Telecom issues. Ellis also strongly supported retaining instant-runoff voting in mayoral elections. That issue lost in Ward 4 by nearly 2-to-1, 1,203-606.