BURLINGTON, Vt. – The unofficial results are in for Burlington’s mayoral election – incumbent Mayor Miro Weinberger (D) defeated City Council President Max Tracy (P) by 129 votes.
Weinberger gathered 42.99 percent of the total votes cast, while Tracy took 42.09 percent. Councilor Ali Dieng, who ran as an Independent, finished third with 12.7 percent of the vote.
“I’m honored by the opportunity to continue to serve this great city, and humbled by the closeness of the margin,” Weinberger said. “In many ways, I believe my job in the months and years ahead is very clear – fighting the virus must be the highest priority of city government until we have widespread deployment of the vaccine.”
Ward 2 and Ward 3, Burlington’s largest voting districts, were last to be counted. Prior to that, Weinberger had a 13-point lead over Tracy. The race tightened because Tracy carried over 55 percent of the vote in Ward 3, and 71.2 percent of the vote in Ward 2.
It was nearly enough to put Tracy over the top, and he told supporters that he’s eager to continue his work as city council president during his remote concession speech Tuesday night.
“Electoral losses happen, as they did tonight, but we cannot let this deter us from our focus to transform our city to be a more socially-just, more racially-just and more economically-just city,” Tracy said. “I certainly look forward to continuing to work with all of you as your city council president to build a future we deserve here in Burlington.”
The four other candidates in the race – Kevin McGrath, Patrick White, Haik Bedrosian and Will Emmons – combined for 1.75 percent of the total vote.