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Get To Know Who's Running For Burlington City Council

"Pine, a longtime resident of Burlington, says that the role of a councilor is to serve constituents and he wants to find ways to engage people in a “more meaningful, more substantive way. 'I also have a strong desire to make a positive difference in — not just in the community in general — but a real specific emphasis ... on bringing folks into the process and improving lives for people who are often marginalized and don't have access to political and economic power,' he says."

Town Meeting Day: Meet your Burlington City Council candidates

"On affordable housing: Pass an affordable housing bond to create new affordable housing and preserve the existing supply of affordable housing. If the city increases the the dedicated property tax levy that funds the Housing Trust of 1 cent per every $100 of property value to 2 cents, the city could double the amount generated from about $360,000 to about $720,000 and use the revenues for bond payments on an $8 million housing bond to create deeply affordable rental housing."

Burlington Ward 3 Candidates Talk Transparency, the Mall and Momos

"He's running because, he said, he is "almost pathologically in love with Burlington." Ward 3 has changed since Pine represented it. But he knows a lot of the newcomers, too. He spent a college semester in Nepal and speaks the language well enough to order momos from the Nepali Dumpling House on North Street. It's good to see new enterprises cropping up, Pine said, but he is worried about gentrification — a concern that dates back to the Sanders era.

Rights and Democracy endorses Progressive slate of candidates in Burlington elections

“We are very pleased that our slate of Progressive candidates has earned the endorsement of RAD’s members. I think it’s clear that many Burlingtonians are dissatisfied with the status quo and are looking to more third party and independent candidates to speak for them in the halls of power,”  

RAD endorsed Progressive candidates include:

Carina Driscoll – Mayor
Max Tracy – Ward 2 City Council
Brian Pine – Ward 3 City Council
Jesse Warren – Ward 5 City Council
Charles Simpson – Ward 6 City Council
Ali Dieng – Ward 7 City Council
JF Carter Neubieser – Ward 8 City Council

Press Release: Pine and Lockridge release joint video

The video is available to view or download at It is being broadcast on local cable television channels and published to the candidates' web sites and social media. Both candidates invite others to share the public service announcement.

Brian Pine Wins the Progressive Endorsement

Wednesday night, 12/6, Brian won the Progressive Party's endorsement for Ward 3 City Councilor. He will run as a Progressive against Independent, James Lockridge. 

Burlington Progressives endorse Driscoll in mayoral race

"In the races for City Council seats, Ward 3 is one of the contested races in Burlington’s eight wards. Brian Pine, a Ward 3 city councilor in the 1990s, edged out Jim Lockridge, executive director of music incubator Big Heavy World, for the Progressive endorsement."

Brian Pine to Run for Ward 3 Burlington City Council Seat

"Old North End resident Brian Pine announced Thursday that he will run for Burlington City Council, competing for the Ward 3 seat that Progressive Sara Moore plans to relinquish. Pine, who served as a Ward 3 city councilor from 1991 to 1995, said he will seek both Progressive and Democratic support." 

Pine, Lockridge to compete for open Burlington council seat

"BURLINGTON — Brian Pine, a former Progressive Ward 3 city councilor and longtime public servant, announced Thursday he will run for his onetime seat.Pine revealed his decision after Ward 3 incumbent Sara Moore, a fellow Progressive, said in a Facebook post Wednesday night that she would not seek re-election in March. Pine, who was part of a group who urged Moore to run three years ago, had earlier said he would not challenge her should she run again."

Brian Pine: Outsider BT bidders carry risks

"This sale presents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to advance our local economic development. I urge the mayor and City Council to choose the proven cooperative business model that has served Burlington and Vermont well – from housing, electricity and food to dairy" cooperatives – and which ensures that money spent here stays here. Local control over our economy builds community wealth and resiliency today and for future generations."