New Rutland mayor says attracting new families a top priority

Published: Mar. 8, 2023 at 5:27 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2023 at 5:39 PM EST
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - Mike Doenges is Rutland’s new mayor after a big upset Tuesday night.

Doenges beat the three-term incumbent Mayor Dave Allaire 1,710 to 1,317.

Doenges was a member of the Rutland Board of Alderman and is a Rutland native who moved away after graduating from Rutland High School. He returned in 2016 and says he plans to invest in the city to have it grow to be a place where people want to raise their families.

“If we can put the positive things that are happening in Rutland -- all the great stuff that happens here already -- start to put that out there, that’s going to build the momentum to keep those positive stories and that positive image going,” Doenges said.

He says Allaire reached out to him Tuesday night and offered to help through the transition.

Doenges will take office on March 15.

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