After losing Burlington progressives, Knodell to run as Independent

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Jane Knodell is hoping for another term as a Burlington city councilor, despite losing her party’s endorsement earlier this month.

Knodell announced Friday she will be running for re-election as an Independent.

The Progressive first represented the Central District in 1993 and has served a total of 19 years, nonconsecutively.

Progressives voted 85 – 55 in support of Perri Freeman, a community organizer seeking office for the first time, at the Progressive Party caucus January 6th.

At her re-election campaign announcement outside the Old North End Community Center in Burlington, Knodell acknowledged her longtime party had chosen a new direction.

“I had hoped that the tent of the Progressive Party was big enough for elected officials like me, for whom good governance, effective constituent services, and delivering results for the people of the Central District is more important than symbolic votes and that lead nowhere,” she wrote in a statement. “The reaction from the community was both humbling and empowering. After hearing from so many, I am running because I owe it to my neighbors and constituents in the Old North End, downtown, and waterfront.”

“Jane has every right to run and we’re very excited to run a strong campaign in support of Perri,” said Josh Wronski, director of Vermont Progressive Party.

Voters cast their ballot on Town Meeting Day March 5th.

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