Shannon joins mayoral race, sets up Democrat caucus battle

Joan Shannon (center) announces candidacy for Burlington mayor Thursday, November 2.

Burlington City Councilor Joan Shannon (D-South District) announced her candidacy for the position of Mayor of Burlington Thursday, November 2 on the steps of City Hall. 

Shannon and City Council President Karen Paul will vie for the Democratic nomination at the Burlington Democratic Caucus on December 10. Progressive State Representative Emma Mulvaney-Stanak (P/D-Burlington). No Republicans have yet announced. Incumbent Mayor Miro Weinberger has announced he will not seek election and is said to be mulling a run for governor.

Shannon has served as a City Councilor for 20 years, including three as council president. She came to Burlington in 1985 to teach sailing. My sister went to UVM and set me up with a summer sublet,” Shannon said in a recent campaign statement. “I was supposed to go back to school in Pennsylvania, but I fell in love with Burlington’s beauty, the lake, and the enthusiasm of Burlingtonians. I then rearranged my life to permanently move here, figure out how to graduate from college, and make a living in Burlington.”

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  1. The responsible, law-abiding, decent citizens along with the business community of Burlington are certainly breathing a sigh of relief that there will be a mayoral candidate representing the (relative) extreme right wing of politics in that municipality. The prior announcement by progressive Emma Mulvaney-Stanak must have scared the hell out of them and prompted these two democrats to offer to salvage or maintain what is left of Burlington. With the retirement of the current Mayor, these two democrats offer the only semblance of common sense in Burlington elected officials…but of course, it’s all relative.