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Allaire reelected Rutland mayor

Published: Mar. 2, 2021 at 7:56 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2021 at 11:25 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Rutland City Mayor David Allaire will keep his seat, winning his third term in office.

Just over 3,500 Rutland City voters cast ballots. The city clerk says that is not a high voter turnout.

According to the unofficial results, the incumbent had a total of 1,356 votes, edging out his closest challenger, Chris Ettori, by just over 300 votes. Sam Gorruso came in third with 561. And Matthew Ettori came in fourth with 481.

I caught up with Allaire, who said this proves the team in City Hall has done well in the past four years.

“It feels pretty gratifying, it does. I put a lot of effort into everything we do. It’s been a very challenging year, obviously, for not just the city for COVID, but me personally with the health issues I have faced. But I have been able to overcome them. I feel great. I am very thankful to a lot of people and my family for getting us through this and for the support I feel around the city,” Allaire said.

Allaire said two years go by fast, but there is a lot to do and he is ready to get to work. He congratulated everyone for a good clean race.

RUTLAND SCHOOL BOARD

Mayor was not the only big race on the ballot in Rutland.

The School Board vote was very charged, with some people running on the basis of the school’s Raiders nickname, which was recently changed to the Ravens.

Ultimately, those candidates did win, which means the Raiders controversy is far from over.

BOARD OF ALDERMEN

There was a tie for the final seat on the Board of Aldermen, which has not happened in a long time.

Mayor Allaire tells me there will most likely be a recount. And the city clerk says it could lead to a runoff.

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