Two Progressive candidates who narrowly lost their bids for seats on the 14-member Burlington City Council have officially requested recounts.
Progressives lost a seat in theirlongtime inner-city stronghold of Ward 2. Former Progressive Councilor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak's seat wentto Democratic newcomer Bram Kranichfeld. Kranichfeld, who chairs theBurlington Electric Commission, is a deputy state's attorney. Hedefeated Progressive Max Tracy by just 13 votes, 307-294.
Democraticincumbent David Berezniak (Ward 2) was reelected, defeating ProgressiveJonathan Leavitt by a slim 10-vote margin, 302-292.
"The residents of Ward 2 deserve to know with certainty the outcome of what was essentially a coin-toss election. Many voted for us in hopes of affordable, quality housing and high paying jobs and they deserve a clear outcome, since the results of these races have a great impact on the balance of the council," said Leavitt.
Both Kranichfeld and Berezniak said they expected the results to be challenged, given the closeness of the race.
The recount will take place 7 p.m. Monday night at City Hall Auditorium, and be conducted by the City Council acting in its capacity as the Board of Civil Authority.