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 Kathy John.
John said she was born and raised in Burlington and is currently working three jobs (Lowes, Shopko, and Domino's). She said her employment allows her to be in touch with what is going on in the community and the challenges residents are facing.
John said she entered the race because of the city council’s decision to provide money for Mayor Shane McCampbell to compete in an online television show. The city intends to reduce future contributions to the Greater Burlington Partnership to even out the expense, but John said that is not how tax dollars should be spent.
John said she would like the city council to discuss issues more thoroughly during business meetings compared to the twice monthly workshops. And she believes the biggest challenge facing the city is a lack of affordable housing.
John said if elected, she would discuss issues with her constituents before casting a vote to make sure the people support her decision.
Early voting is underway in Burlington ahead of the Oct. 10 primary election.