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 Scott Diehl.
Diehl is an academic tutor who previously worked as a high school teacher and he owned a couple small businesses. He said he entered the race because of his opposition to a recent property tax hike by the city council and his desire to provide more resources to the Burlington Police and Fire Departments.
Diehl said he’s been preparing for the election by studying the city’s budget, attending city council meetings, and by knocking on doors to hear the ideas of residents.
Diehl believes crime in the city is the #1 challenge facing Burlington. He said hiring at least six more police officers would be a good start to addressing it.
Diehl said he opposes any future property tax hike and he believes the city is putting too much money into the auditorium.
Early voting is underway in Burlington ahead of the Oct. 10 primary election.