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In Burlington, electing a new mayor

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Town meeting day in Vermont is one of the few examples of direct democracy in our country. It's a state holiday, and townspeople turn out to elect municipal leaders and approve local budgets.

This year local issues at town meeting reflect national debates. In Franklin, Vermont, voters will determine whether prayer should be allowed at town meeting. And 52 towns will vote on whether to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United.

In Burlington, the state's largest city, Vermonters are headed to the polls to elect a new mayor. Sarah Harris has more.

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Sarah Harris
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Since the early 80s, Burlington Vermont has boasted a successful third party, the Progressive party. But for the first time in 30 years, there's no Progressive party candidate on the Burlington mayoral ticket.

Democrat Miro Weinberger, Republican Kurt Wright, and Independent Wanda Hines are vying for the position.

The race has mixed up party lines in this usually left-leaning city. The progressive vote has the potential to swing the election. And while Independent Wanda Hines isn't predicted to win, the number of votes she gets could swing the election too.

Democratic candidate Miro Weinberger has earned endorsements from high ranking democratic party members including Governor Peter Shumlin and former governor Howard Dean. He was even endorsed by Vermont’s independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who was Burlington’s first progressive mayor.

Polls opened at 7 this morning and will close at 7 p.m. Votes will be tallied and the new mayor announced later tonight. 


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