15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election. Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Bob Fleming.
Fleming is the lone incumbent in the race. He is seeking a third four-year term after previously serving on the city council for a couple years when the city shifted to its current form of government: City Council/City Manager.
Fleming, who is retired from a career in marketing, said he still enjoys serving as an alderman and feels he brings a background in business, sales, and management to the city council.
Fleming said his priorities are public safety and public works. He believes some of the challenges facing the city council in the next few years will concern the future of Memorial Auditorium and the riverfront, and the declining tax base.
He said if re-elected, one thing he would avoid doing is micromanaging city staff and City Manager Jim Ferneau.
Early voting is underway in Burlington ahead of the Oct. 10 primary election.