January 11 2017
Potential Challenger Pulls Paper for Town Moderator Seat
By: Rich Hosford
The position of Town Moderator is now a potentially contested race in the upcoming Burlington town election.
According to a release from Town Clerk Amy Warfield, William Beyer has pulled papers to run for the spot. If he turns in his paperwork by the deadline Tuesdays, February 21, he would be challenging incumbent Sally Willard.
Beyer and Willard have been at odds before. Last year Willard did not reappoint Beyer to Ways & Means despite him being on the committee for years and was currently the chairman.
Though Willard said the decision was based on nothing but a desire to have fresh voices on the committees she, as moderator, appoints, Beyer said at the time he believed it was due to his vote not to recommend funds be approved by Town Meeting to support a lawsuit regarding a controversial building permit for a hotel in The District.
There is also a chance for a contested race for the one seat up on the Board of Selectmen. Former board member and regular contestant Virginia Mooney has pulled paper as has James Tigges, a member of the Burlington Police Department and who also has a seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Incumbent Daniel Grattan has not, at least yet, pulled papers to run for reelection.
The other open seats are thus far unchallenged. Potential candidates have until Thursday, February 16 to pull papers. Click here to see all the seats up for election this year.
The Burlington Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 8 at Burlington High School.