From left: Ericka Bundy Redic, Kienan Christianson, Franklin Paulino
Just four days before the election, North District candidate Ericka Bundy Redic is dropping out of the race for Burlington City Council and backing her former opponent, Democrat Franklin Paulino.
Bundy Redic, an independent, announced the decision Friday to a single reporter during a press conference at Burlington City Hall. Town Meeting Day is on Tuesday.
"Here is the truth: I am not going to win," she said.
Paulino, she went on, is the next best candidate for the job. "Franklin and I have the same goals: Create a Burlington where people can thrive and not just survive," Bundy Redic said. "We disagree on how to get there, but I believe Franklin is a good man who cares about his community."
Bundy Redic's name will remain on the ballot; she said she'd personally reach out to her supporters and would ask them to vote for Paulino instead.
"I'm humbled and honored ... that she feels I'm the right person for the job," Paulino said. He promised to drop off a lawn sign for Bundy Redic's yard.
Joining Paulino, a political novice, at the press conference were supporters Hartnett, Joan Shannon (D-South District) and Council President Kurt Wright (R-Ward 4). Earlier this week, Mayor Miro Weinberger sent out a release urging New North End residents to support Paulino.
Bundy Redic, a self-described conservative, said she had known she wouldn't have time to actively campaign. The native Vermonter said she jumped into the race because she "didn't see [her] views represented on the council." The race would pave the way for future campaigns, she said.