In the wake of Seth Leonard’s sudden resignation to accept a job at the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, the city of Winooski is preparing to elect a new mayor on Town Meeting Day.
Two city councilors have entered the race: Kristine Lott, who also works for a non-profit education group, and Eric Covey, the chief of staff for Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos.
Lott said her priority as mayor would be ensuring the Main Street revitalization and Myers Memorial Pool renovation projects are completed with an eye toward future impacts.
“I think it’s important that we start implementing the will of the voters on those,” Lott said. “We need to spend time looking at a longer, bigger picture of our sustainability financially and with infrastucture to make sure that as we implement those projects, we’re thinking five to ten years out what the impact is going to be.”
Covey, meanwhile, said his goal as mayor would be to make Winooski more affordable.
“Right now, we’re coming up to the point where families and longtime residents as well as people who have recently moved into the region are starting to feel a pinch point,” Covey said. “The last thing we want to do is start to price people out. The decisions we make now have a huge impact.”
Both candidates have received endorsements from notable Winooski residents – Covey got the nod from State Senator Hal Colston and two former city councilors among others, while Lott was endorsed by former Winooski Mayor William Norful and former Interim City Manager George Cross.