Town Meeting Election Coverage


Get the Facts You Need Before you Vote on March 2, 2021!
Town Meeting Day is everyone’s chance to weigh in on important issues in our community. To help voters better understand the people and questions on ballots in Burlington, South Burlington, Essex Town/Junction, Williston, and Winooski, Town Meeting TV will present a series of candidate forums, budget presentations, and other election-related programs.

Voters are encouraged to CALL 802-862-3966 to ask the candidates questions during live broadcasts. Questions for Burlington mayoral and City Council candidates can also be submitted here:

STREAM the forums live on YouTube: 

Additional forums planned; dates and times are subject to change.
Scroll down to see what's coming up next!

  • Thursday, Jan 14, 5:30 pm
    Essex Ballot Item: The Essex Merger (Pros)
    Elected Officials give a presentation and field questions on the Merger ballot question.
  • Friday, Jan 15, 6:00 pm
    Essex Merger: Wait, What? (Still Not the Solution, since 1958)
    Essex Voters Irene Wrenner and Ken Signorello present their perspective on the Essex Merger.
  • Wednesday, Jan 20, 2:00 pm
    Burlington Ballot Item - Just Cause Eviction
    Brian Pine and Sarah Carpenter explain a proposed charter change that would keep Burlington residents from being evicted without cause.
  • Thursday, Jan 21, 6:00 pm
    Burlington Mayoral Debate
    Co-sponsored by VICII, AALV, and The Caroline Fund, this debate will focus on each candidate's hopes and plans to recover, restore, reform, and transform the City of Burlington.
  • Wednesday, Jan 27
    • 12:00 pm, Burlington Ballot Item - IRV
      Burlington City Councilor Jack Hanson explains what Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is and why Progressives think it will give voters more voice.
    • 5:30 pm, South Burlington Budget and Ballot Presentation
      Learn more about South Burlington's FY 22 budget from Kevin Dorn and Tom Hubbard.
    • 6:15 pm
      South Burlington FY22 School Board Budget Presentation
      Superintendent David Young, School Board Chair Bridget Burkhardt, school board member Brian Minier, and Director of Operations and Financial Management Gary Marckres provide an overview of the South Burlington School District's proposed budget.
  • Friday, Jan 29
    • 10:00 am, Williston Budget and Ballot Item Presentation
      Erik Wells (Town Manager), Terry Macaig (Selectboard Chair), and  Shirley Goodell-Lackey (Finance & HR Director) provide a comprehensive overview of Williston's FY 22 budget and other ballot items
    • 1:00 pm, Burlington Ballot Item Forum - Thermal Energy
      Darren Springer, General Manager, Burlington Electric Department, Bill Ward, Director of Permitting & Inspections, and Jen Green, BED Director of Sustainability and Workforce Development discuss the Thermal Energy ballot item on this year's Burlington Town Meeting Day ballot.
  • Wednesday, Feb 3 
    • 3:00 pm, Burlington Budget and Ballot Items Presentation
      Burlington City Attorney Eileen Blackwood joins Town Meeting TV host Diane Meyerhoff for an overview of the issues on Burlington's Town Meeting Day ballot. 
    • 5:30 pm, Winooski Budget and Ballot Item Presentation
      Jessie Baker and Mayor Kristine Lott provide an overview of Winooski's FY 22 budget. 
    • 6:15 pm, Winooski FY22 School Board Budget Presentation
      With WSD Board President Mike Decarreau, Superintendent Sean McMannon, and Board Member Alexander Yin.
  • Thursday, Feb 4
    • 1:00 pm, Burlington Ballot Item - Adding a Winooski Seat to the Airport Commission
    • Burlington City Councilor Karen Paul discusses the question of adding a Winooski seat to the Burlington Airport Commission. 
    • 5:30 pm, Essex Budget Presentation
      With Essex Selectboard member Patrick Murray and Unified Manager Evan Teich.
    • 6:15 pm, South Burlington City Council - 2-year term
      Meet David Kaufman and Matt Cota, who are running to represent South Burlington on the City Council.
  • Friday, Feb 5
    • 12:00 pm, Champlain Water District Bond Vote
      Joseph Duncan, General Manager of the Champlain Water District, explains what projects are included under the bond and what passing it would mean for participating towns.
    • SPECIAL EVENT -- Friday, Feb 5, 5:30 pm, Burlington Mayoral Matchup 2021
      With Ali Dieng, Will Emmons, Max Tracy, Miro Weinberger, Patrick White, Haik Bedrosian, and Kevin McGrath. Co-presented with Seven Days and moderated by Matthew Roy and Sasha Goldstein. Submit questions here:
  • Tuesday, Feb 9, 6:30 pm
    All Burlington NPA Wards Mayoral Forum
    Find out what the mayoral candidates have in mind for your neighborhood.
  • Wednesday, Feb 10
    • 5:30 pm, Burlington City Council - Central District
      Meet candidates Tiki Archambeau (I), Perri Freeman (P, incumbent), and Peggy Luhrs (I). 
    • 6:30 pm, Burlington City Council - North District
      Meet candidates Mark Barlow (I) and Kienan Christianson (D/P).
    • 7:15 pm, Burlington City Council - South District
      Meet Grace Ahmed (I) and Joan Shannon (D, incumbent)
  • Thursday, Feb 11
    • 4:30 pm, Burlington Ballot Item: Opposing the Just Cause Eviction 
      Amanda Skehan, Elizabeth Allen-Pennebaker, and Councilor Chip Mason explain why they oppose the Just Cause Eviction ballot item
    • 5:30 pm, Essex Selectboard - 3-year term (1 seat)
    • Meet candidates Tracey Delphia and Elaine Haney (incumbent)
    • 6:15 pm, Essex Selectboard - 1-year term (1 seat)
      Meet candidates Dawn Hill-Fleury (Incumbent) and Mark Nadeau
  • Friday, Feb 12, 5:30 pm
    Winooski City Councilors, 2-Year Term (2 seats)
    Meet Jim Duncan (incumbent), James McCormick, Sam Myers, Dallas Wheatley, and Bryn Oakleaf.
  • Monday, Feb 15
    • 5:30 pm, South Burlington School Board - 2-year term
      Meet School Board candidates Travia Childs, Scott Bronson, and James Johnson, Jr.
    • 6:30 pm, South Burlington School Board - 3-year term
      Meet School Board candidates Stephanie Stec and Rebecca Day.
  • Tuesday, Feb 16, 6:30 pm
    Essex Selectboard Meeting & Public Hearing on Plan of Merger

  • Wednesday, Feb 17, TBA
    AARP Burlington Mayoral Forum 

    Burlington Mayoral candidates meet in this forum sponsored by AARP.
  • Thursday, Feb 18, 6:45 pm
    Williston Selectboard 2-Year and 3-Year Seats 

    Hear from incumbents Gordon St. Hilaire and Terry Macaig, both of whom are running unopposed for Selectboard seats.
  • Friday, Feb 19
    • 12:45 pm, Winooski School Board 3-Year Term
      Meet Steven Berbeco and Kamal Dahal. 
    • 5:30 pm, Burlington School Commissioners East, Central, South, and North Districts
      Meet Kathy Olwell, Jean Waltz, Jeffrey Wick, and Kendra Sowers.
  • Saturday, Feb 20, 5:30 pm
    VT New American Advisory Council Burlington Mayoral Forum

  • Monday, Feb 22
    • 5:30 pm, Winooski School Board 2-Year Term
      Incumbent school board candidate Alex Yin is running unopposed.
    • 5:50 pm, Winooski Mayor 3-Year Term
      Mayor Kristine Lott is asking voters for three more years. She's running unopposed.
    • 6:10 pm, Burlington City Council - East District
      Incumbent City Councilor Jack Hanson is facing no opposition.
  • Tuesday, Feb 23
    • 1:00 pm, Burlington School District Budget Presentation
      With Superintendent Tom Flanagan and Burlington School District Communication Specialist Russ Elek. 
    • 5:30 pm, South Burlington City Council - 3-Year Term
      Learn about the issues facing South Burlington from incumbent City Councilor Helen Riehle.

*Confirmed 2/17/21

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