Burlington’s Progressive Party may be one of the most successful third
parties in the country, but it has run into a rough patch lately. For the
first time in decades, Progressives won’t have a candidate for
Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss won’t seek re-election. The Progressive mayor is stepping down in the midst of several ongoing controversies in the state’s largest city, and he says he may try to return to the state Legislature.
With four months until voters go to the polls, the field of candidates in Burlington’s mayoral race is getting crowded and the current candidates have one thing in common: they’re all taking aim at incumbent Mayor Bob Kiss.
The only Republican candidate for Burlington mayor is proposing that the
city sell its municipal electric utility to solve the city’s current
fiscal crisis. Kurt Wright said Wednesday that selling Burlington Electric could bring in more than $100 million.
Burlington Telecom has failed in its months-long attempt to renegotiate a
lease that provides the equipment that is the cornerstone of the
infrastructure. But Mayor Bob Kiss says the city is exploring a purchase
of the equipment outright and says the terms of that purchase could be
more favorable than the previous lease.