Progressive to Step Down from Burlington City Council
Progressive Emma Mulvaney-Stanak (Ward 2) will step down from her seat on the 14-member Burlington City Council on December 15, the first-term councilor announced late today.
Mulvaney-Stanak, who has been renting in Ward 2, recently purchased a home in Ward 3. She'll occupy the home as of December 15, and according to the city charter will need to resign immediately.
She was elected to the two-year post in March, besting Democrat Nicole Pelletier by a 447-173 margin. Her seat was previously held by longtime Progressive councilor Jane Knodell.
"The charter is really clear about residency requirements, as soon as you move you're no longer on the council.There's no grace period, and no clause to even stay on to fill out your term," said Mulvaney-Stanak.
Because her resignation comes less than 90 days before the next election, the charter doesn't require a special election to fill the remaining year of Mulvaney-Stanak's term, she said. Instead, her seat will be up for grabs in March.
That means on Town Meeting Day in 2010, two Ward 2 council seats will be up for grabs — one currently held by Democrat David Berezniak and the one held by Mulvaney-Stanak.
At this point, Mulvaney-Stanak said she wants to stay involved in city politics, but is unsure if that means running for elective office.
Progressives Clarence Davis and Marrisa Caldwell currently represent Ward 3 on the council. Caldwell was elected this March, also. Davis is up for reelection this coming March and says he intends to run for office, despite rumors to the contrary.
"The rumors of my pending demise are greatly exaggerated. My plan is to run for re-election pending any unforeseen changes in my life," Davis told Seven Days.
Mulvaney-Stanak's departure means the Progressives will have only two seats on the council. Democrats have the greatest number of councilors with seven. There are also two Republicans and two independents.