Council candidates debate city issues at the high school Thursday, February 11. (L-R) candidates Meaghan Emery, George Donovan, Tim Barritt, Chris Shaw, moderator Vince Bolduc, students Daniel Yi and Sparsh Bhardwaj.

City Council Candidates Debate at SBHS

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Thursday February 18, 2016

Residents gathered in the South Burlington High School cafeteria on Thursday evening, February 11, as four candidates who are vying for two seats on the city council met to talk about the issues. Candidates for the 3-year seat include incumbent Chris Shaw and his opponent Tim Barritt. Candidates running for the 2-year seat include George Donovan and incumbent Meaghan Emery.

The forum was hosted by members of the SBHS Debate Team. Students Daniel Yi, Sparsh Bhardwaj, and Patrick Ryan organized and prepared for the event. Saint Michael’s College professor Vince Bolduc, a South Burlington resident, moderated the forum. 
After introductions, the moderator asked four prepared questions regarding the city’s 30/70 tax base, the University Mall, the three elementary schools and keeping young people in South Burlington. The candidates, who had received the questions in advance, each had four minutes to respond.

Audience members were invited to submit their own questions for the second half of the debate. The students then asked the candidates to respond to questions about the city’s green spaces, the city and school budgets, the city’s conflict of interest policy, and the bike path system.

If you missed the debate, you can watch it online at CCTV Center for Media & Democracy ( or on Channel 17 Town Meeting Television.  

Be sure to cast your vote on Tuesday, March 1.