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Burlington picks City Council president

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It took some wheeling and dealing but a deadlock over who will be the next Burlington City Council president ended Monday night with concessions from both parties.

The vote of 7-7 between the incumbent president, Democrat Joan Shannon, and independent Karen Paul has lasted weeks. The Democrats on the Council have backed Shannon, while Progressives, independents and Republican support for Paul never wavered.

Monday, after another tie vote, Paul rescinded her name from the nomination saying the stalemate has gone on too long and was bad for the people of the city. In return, Shannon promised to balance committee chair appointments among Democrats and non-Democrats.

"The interests of this city are greater than any one or of this body. These interests must be placed above all else. We cannot continue down the present path we are on," Paul said.

"I very much appreciate the spirit of compromise of the Council. It really says we're all trying our best to work in the interest of the city of Burlington to get to the business of the city," Shannon said in her acceptance speech.

Shannon also promised that should there be another tie next year, the Democrats' will step out of the race.

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