Be Informed on Voting Day

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Thursday February 12, 2015

There are several opportunities to get to know the candidates and the South Burlington City and School budgets before voting Tuesday, March 3.

The newly formed South Burlington Business Association is hosting a City Council Candidate Forum with a focus on business issues, Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m., February 17, at City Hall. Business owners and the general public are invited to participate in this informative discussion with the candidates.

South Burlington High School students will sponsor a debate Wednesday evening, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Cafeteria 1. The community is invited to attend.

The pre-election debate has been a student-led event for 2 years. This year, SBHS debate team members Devin Hebert and Daniel Yi are organizing and leading the forum. Vince Bolduc, a South Burlington resident and professor at Saint Michael’s College will serve as the moderator.

This year, there are four candidates running for three city council positions. The candidates, Thomas Chittenden, Tracey Harrington, Pat Nowak, and Helen Riehle will all attend the debate.

The student organizers of the debate welcome and encourage questions from the public. Please send your questions to yidaniel98@gmail.com or devh16@gmail.com. There will also be an opportunity for audience members to pose questions to the candidates as well.

CCTV will feature the city council candidates and city budget on Channel 17; programs will also be available for viewing on the web at www.Ch17.TV. The South Burlington School budget presentation and school
board candidate forum will also be available to view on Channel 17 or on the website.
The Other Paper will present a candidate forum in an upcoming issue. All candidates will be invited to submit written responses to a set of questions.

Budget books were not mailed to residents this year, but they are available at the South Burlington Community Library, and at City Hall. To request delivery of a printed copy by mail, call 846 -4107.Electronic copies of the budgets are available on the city and school websites.

A pre-town meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 2, at F.H. Tuttle Middle School beginning at 7 p.m. Budget presentations by city and school officials will be followed by candidate forums.

Mark your calendar to vote Tuesday March 3, 2015.