Thursday February 06, 2014
Mike Simoneau has announced that he will run for a seat on the South Burlington City Council in the upcoming March elections.
A resident of South Burlington since 1980, Simoneau graduated from Rice High School in 1969 and the University of Vermont in 1973. He and his wife Geri Reilly have two children, Reilly and Mike Jr., who graduated from South Burlington schools and currently attend the University of Vermont. Mike and Geri own and operate Geri Reilly Real Estate in South Burlington.
When asked what makes him a good candidate, Simoneau stated, “One of my main strengths is in the area of fiscal responsibility. Keeping the municipal budget stable is very important. We face unfunded mandates with our schools, and the taxpayers can’t afford a double “hit” in property taxes. We have traditionally had a good balance between residential and commercial tax revenues. I am the volunteer Chairperson of the Form Based Code Committee. If adopted, the code will help the development of City Center and manage smart growth throughout our Community to reestablish this balance!”
Simoneau went on to say, “Over the years I’ve had many positive interactions with our City’s administration and elected leadership. While I have always been impressed with their professionalism and positive attitudes, we went through some rough spots a few years ago. With the current City Council leadership and new City Manager, Kevin Dorn, we are now recovering. It was during those unsettling times, however, that I realized a great community doesn’t happen by accident. It takes the efforts of many citizen volunteers, along with City staff, to make it happen. This is my motivation for getting involved and throwing my hat in the ring.”
No stranger to volunteer leadership, Simoneau has served on the Burlington Boys and Girls Club Board, the St John Vianney Parish Council, and coached youth sports for years. He currently serves on the HowardCenter Board of Directors, and Chairs the Form Based Code Committee for South Burlington. He says his work as Chair has afforded him the chance to get to know many residents who have expressed their concerns and hopes for the City’s future. Of this experience Simoneau concludes, “I feel I’m a good listener. You demonstrate respect for others when you listen, and that enables you to achieve consensus more readily. I view our present challenges as opportunities to grow, and I’m optimistic that we can sustain and improve our community by working together”!