Watson takes over as Montpelier mayor

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) An award-winning physics teacher from Montpelier High School is now the city's new mayor.

Anne Watson previously served on the City Council and was appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2012. She's been president of the Council for the last three years and ran for mayor unopposed.

She ran on a platform that pledged to protect both the environment and the most vulnerable people in the community.

"One of the key issues in Montpelier is the affordability of housing. We have data with the City Council that shows about 30 percent of Montpelier home mortgage homeowners and renters are paying more than 30 percent of their income toward housing," Watson said.

The mayor says there a net-zero design competition was recently held in Montpelier and that there is a new openness to development. Watch the video to see the full interview with Watson.

Watson replaces previous Mayor John Hollar.