Burlington, VT- Two more Burlington City Council seats will be up for grabs on Town Meeting Day after Ward 1 Councilor Zoraya Hightower and Ward 3 Councilor Joe Magee, both Progressives, say they will step away when their terms end in April.
Hightower announced she will not seek reelection at Wednesday’s meeting of the Ward Neighborhood Planning Assembly.
Hightower said she’s grateful to the community and for her opportunity to serve as city councilor for the past four years.
“I feel like I really got to be at the right place at the right time and really have a voice at the table and make a lot of decisions and do my best to represent you all,” she said.
Magee announced he won’t be running in a post on Facebook. Magee wrote, “This is not a decision I made lightly. I didn’t run for office out of a desire to engage in bitter partisan fights. I ran because I believed, and still do, that there are collaborative solutions to the crises facing our City and I wanted to be a voice for those who are often left out of the policymaking process.”
Carter Neubieser, a member of the Ward 1 NPA Steering Committee and co-chair of the Burlington Progressive Party, announced that he will seek to replace Hightower. Carter announced plans for a community potluck to officially launch his campaign at Schmanska Park on Grove St from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Carter said he’s looking forward to building off of Hightower’s work and wants to focus on affordability.
“As a young person trying to put down roots here, almost all the folks that I came here to go to school with have left, probably ninety plus percent, and that’s because it’s just increasingly unaffordable to live here,” he said.
No one has announced their intentions to run in Ward 3.
Democratic Ward 6 Councilor Karen Paul’s seat will also be open in March. Paul said she will run to replace Mayor Miro Weinberger, who said he will not seek a fourth term.