Infinite for Mayor

Infinite for Mayor

At its core, our campaign is driven by a deep appreciation of and respect for our community and unyielding solidarity with those most in need. It is about service to the families and communities who live here, building authentic relationships, and collaboration in developing solutions to the challenges we face. Our campaign is about ingenuity, boldness, and resilience in the face of fear.

The people working on this mayoral campaign are motivated by a growing movement in Burlington that shares a vision of transformation within our local government. We intend to continue our work after the election to build a base of working class folks and other community members who share a political analysis and agenda, and to continue to run candidates for office and seats on boards and commissions. We understand our work as a part of a multifaceted local movement, a strategy among many to move towards transformation, justice, equity and participatory democracy.

While many aspects of community life in Burlington are working well, too many community members lack the economic resources needed to meet their basic needs including safe and affordable housing; affordable health care; food security; access to quality early care and education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers; access to safe and engaging after-school opportunities for older children; job training; and addiction treatment. The city also faces environmental challenges, such as water pollution in Lake Champlain and lead exposure in older homes.

As of 2010-2014, the per capita income of Burlington, VT was $25,234, which is lower than the state average of $29,535 and lower than the national average of $28,555.

Although some of the solutions to these challenges lie with the State legislature, it is within the power and purview of the City of Burlington, with leadership from the Mayor, to reallocate and redeploy resources to address these needs.

If elected, Infinite will pursue the following strategies to help meet the needs of Burlington residents, including those with the fewest economic resources:

#1: Increase Community Decision-Making Power

  • Empower and expand upon existing Neighborhood Planning Assemblies
  • Resource boards and commissions that are representative of and accountable to needs of the community
  • Develop new community bodies that draw on the skills and values that Burlington residents have to offer
  • Sustain year-round voter registration efforts

#2: Build a Local and Regional Economy that Prioritizes Social and Environmental Needs

  • Make a greater public investment in cooperative ownership and workforce development, such as cooperative housing and Youth Build  
  • Support workers’ rights by strengthening relationships between the Mayor’s office and unions, as well as expanding Burlington’s Livable Wage ordinance
  • Develop Community Benefit Agreementsto hold public officials and real estate developers accountable to the needs of the community
  • Tie economic development to programs that serve youth, homeless populations, seniors, and people seeking substance use treatment. 

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Author: Genese Grill

Genese Grill is the editor of 05401PLUS.