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 Cody Flietner.
Flietner said he is running for the Burlington City Council to provide a younger perspective. He says he is willing to listen to people and he believes he is well connected into what is going on in the community thanks to his job in sales at Brad Deery Honda.
Flietner said a priority for him would be to look at ways to reduce crime in the city. He said his ideas include reestablishing neighborhood watch programs and looking to outside organizations that focus on crime prevention, allowing police to focus on criminal activity.
Flietner said the biggest challenge facing Burlington is morale, which he believes would be improved by reducing crime. He would also like to work with local businesses to show children the benefits of entrepreneurialism and he supports the effort to improve Dankwardt Pool.
Early voting is underway in Burlington ahead of the Oct. 10 primary election.