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 ahead of the primary, including Michael Elmer.
Elmer has an extensive background in the private sector as a business owner and in sales, including his current job in sales at Carpetland.
He said he is running for the city council to bring up new ideas and to get back to the basics: lowering taxes, reducing crime, and making people want to live in Burlington.
Elmer said the city needs to establish firm priorities. He said reopening Cascade Bridge is a priority for him while adding parking spaces downtown is not. He also supports the reuse of the former Apollo School and he questions the need for the new roundabout.
Elmer said he wants to help bring back the neighborhood feel that Burlington had when he was growing up, encouraging more homeownership as opposed to rentals when possible.
Early voting is underway in Burlington ahead of the Oct. 10 primary election.