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First candidate announces run for vacant Burlington City Council seat – Brospar Daily News

The first person to announce his candidacy for the recently vacated Burlington city council seat has come forward.

Jake Schumann made the announcement at last week’s Ward 1 community planning conference, he said in an interview with VTDigger.Schumann, a 13-year city dweller with a background in community development and social service, plans to run for the Eastside seat in Jack Henson’s recent resignation Find city jobs.

Mayor Miro Weinberg announced on Wednesday a special election for the seat will be held on December 6. Schumann competition first reported by 7 days.

Schuman said he was already considering running for city council in March 2023, but accelerated his plans after the Eastside seat opened. Schumann told VTDigger that he intends to run as an independent but hopes to gain support from the Progressives and Democrats.

“I think the party politics in Burlington are a bit toxic,” Schuman said. “I want two endorsements, and if I get them, I want to run as an independent.”

Representatives from the city’s three main political parties all said they were still in the early stages of planning the race.

Josh Wronski, chairman of the Progressive Party of Vermont, said Schuman had told him he planned to have a caucus with the Progressive Party. Wronski said he expected others to come forward to seek the party’s nomination.

“I think there’s a good chance it’s going to be a competitive game in terms of progression,” Wronski said.

Wronski said his party has also started conversations with others.

“We’ve also launched a broad recruiting effort, just for publicity, because we want to make sure it’s as democratic as possible,” Wronski said.

Burlington Republican chairman Christopher-Aaron Felker told VTDigger that he has not been approached by anyone seeking the Republican nomination.

Adam Roof, chairman of the Burlington Democratic Party, said he expected to meet the Oct. 11 deadline for submitting candidate petitions.

“We’re actively talking to a lot of interested people,” Roof said.

Schuman said his campaign platform would focus on housing. He also spoke of providing “moral leadership” to heal “social and cultural wounds” in the era of the pandemic.

“We really need people who can build bridges, facilitate dialogue and facilitate recovery,” Schuman said.

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