Thursday January 29, 2015
Tracey Harrington is pleased to announce her candidacy for the three-year South Burlington City Council seat with two years remaining in the term. Harrington has been a member of the South Burlington Planning Commission since 2012, for which she is now vice chair, and was previously its clerk. As such, she has been steadfastly engaged in long-term planning processes, including plans to make City Center a financially viable and vibrant downtown.
In December 2014, the Planning Commission appointed Harrington to the Chamberlin-Airport Neighborhood Planning Committee. Following a Planning Commission recommendation in early 2014, South Burlington applied for and received a grant for this planning effort from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. In 2012 and 2014, she was elected as a Justice of the Peace and serves on the Board of Abatement and Civil Authority. Harrington is also a board member and past president of her homeowner’s association.
Always striving to see things from multiple perspectives, Harrington has successfully led groups consisting of diverse backgrounds and interests to reach consensus on complicated matters. According to Harrington, collaboration and long-term planning are the keys to success for South Burlington. She has collaborated with residents and developers as a member of the JAM Golf committee and TDR subcommittee, and as a participant in Form-Based Code community meetings.
As vice chair of the Non-Management Bargaining Unit of the Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA), Harrington has extensive knowledge of and experience with labor relations and management. She knows first-hand what it is like to balance varying viewpoints in a collaborative process to achieve the best outcomes possible for all parties.
Harrington chose South Burlington as her home when, at 23, she purchased her first home in 2004. Being its sole owner, she understands fiscal responsibility. As a former officer on the VSEA Board of Trustees, Harrington also has experience in monitoring a budget funded by approximately 5,500 members and fee-payers. She believes that being entrusted to manage a budget funded by others is one of the most important responsibilities one can undertake.
Harrington received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Castleton State College in 2002 and has worked in the Information Technology field for 13 years. She is currently the Assistant IT Manager for the Vermont Department of Corrections in Williston, Vermont. When asked why she seeks election, Harrington responded, “As a volunteer firefighter and Select Board member in my hometown, my father taught me the importance of civic duty and responsibility. I wish to serve the city’s residents as my father served our friends and neighbors.”