- File: Alicia Freese ©️ Seven Days
- Burlington City Hall
Jake Schumann, a Ward 1 resident, is seeking the seat that was vacated by former councilor Jack Hanson, he told Seven Days on Wednesday. Mayor Miro Weinberger announced on Wednesday that the special election will be held on Tuesday, December 6.
With the general election on November 8, voters will be heading to the polls twice in just a month's time. Weinberger's office said there wasn't time to run both elections on the same day. The special election will cost the city about $13,500, according to the city clerk's office.
Even a December date gives candidates little time to organize a campaign. They must file election petitions by October 11 so that early voting can begin on October 24.
Schumann, 31, first announced his candidacy at the Ward 1 Neighborhood Planning Assembly meeting last week, a day after Hanson stepped down to apply for a job with Burlington Electric Department.
Schumann said he's running to "bring a different perspective to city council."
"I've always been a bridge builder," Schumann said. "I'm the type of person who, on city council, can find ways to compromise and build coalitions around issues across party lines."
Schumann said he plans to seek endorsements from Democrats and Progressives, and if he gets both nods, would run as an independent.
Schumann may be the first to announce, but party leaders say there's a lot of interest in the seat. Both Adam Roof, chairman of the Burlington Democratic Party, and Josh Wronski, Vermont Progressive Party executive director, said they've spoken to several potential candidates and plan to hold nominating caucuses in the coming weeks. Burlington GOP chair Christopher-Aaron Felker didn't immediately respond to an interview request.
Whoever wins in December will serve until March 2023, when the East District and the city's three other geographically defined seats will be up for reelection.