BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Burlington Telecom controversy is just one of the reasons former city councilor Carina Driscoll says she is considering a run for mayor of the city, challenging the incumbent, Democrat Miro Weinberger.
Driscoll once worked for Weinberger's administration and praises the mayor for fixing the city's financial mess, a mess he inherited when he was first elected. But Driscoll says the mayor needs to do a better job of communication, public engagement and listening to other people's ideas to improve the city.
"People really want to, are longing for more of a stake in the process and want to participate more in determining what's right for the city of Burlington. The Burlington Telecom debate is a good example of how the mayor has decided to have these conversations. It's a matter of a process that is looking for a highest bidder. I don't think that's how we decide what to do with the city of Burlington," Driscoll said.
Driscoll says if not mayor, she might run again for City Council. She expects to make a decision by the end of the month.
Weinberger says he welcomes a challenge and that there should be a "real" mayor's race.
You can hear more of Darren Perron's conversation with Carina Driscoll this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on "You Can Quote Me."