Open Seats for City Council and School Board: Petition Deadline for Residents Seeking Election is January 29

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Thursday January 11, 2018

Candidate petitions for individuals interested in seeking election to South Burlington City Council, South Burlington Board of School Directors, or the South Burlington City Clerk position are due Monday, January 29. Consent forms and petitions, which must have the signatures of at least 30 registered South Burlington voters, must be filed in the city clerk’s office by 5 p.m on the 29th. Forms are available at the city clerk’s office in City Hall on Dorset Street.

There will be two seats open for city council this spring. A two-year seat is currently held by Meaghan Emery, council vice chair, who is in her fourth term. A three-year seat, held by current Council Chair Helen Riehle since 2012, is also open. Both of the incumbents will run for re-election to the council in March. The city council is made up of five residents, elected at-large by the voters of the city, to serve 2 or 3 year terms expiring in an annual rotation. The council meets at City Hall on the first and third Monday of each month.

Two seats are open on the school board. A three-year term, currently held by Chair Elizabeth Fitzgerald, who is completing her twelfth year on the board, is open. A two-year seat, held by Bridget Burkhardt since 2016, is also open. The incumbents will both seek seek re-election for another term. The school board consists of five directors, two of whom are selected by voters each year during the March election, for a two or three year term. School board meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of every month.

The city clerk position is also on the ballot this March. City Clerk Donna Kinville, who has held the position since 2001 is seeking re-election.