Burlington Pol Ed Adrian 'In it to Win'
Last night I emailed Ed Adrian and asked if the rumors were true. Today he replied "I am running as a D assuming I win the caucus."
You may recall from Burlington Greens and Dems Caucus II that the Dems had no seekers for the W1 council nomination as recently as two weeks ago. Carlton's vacation has set up an "exhibition rematch" if you will, between Sharon Bushor and Ed Adrian.
The two went head to head in 2005 when the venerable Bushor, who has held her seat since 1945, only managed to squeak by the newcomer Adrian by 41 votes.
This time around the dynamic will be different. Barring another unforeseen 'shocker' Ward One voters will cast ballots for two separate uncontested elections of both Adrian and Bushor.
Given the closeness of the 2005 race, and the fact voters this year are free to vote for one, both or neither of them, it is hard to foresee which of these two rivals will win the "symbolic majority" by besting the other's vote total.
The departure of Ian Carlton will also leave a vacuum in the council presidency. Who will fill it? Hey how about Kurt Wright?
Just when you thought it was going to be a boring off-year Burlington election, you get an open contest in Seven, a former-Green-former-Prog-turned-Republican challenging a Prog in Three, Some Green on Dem action in Five...And now the "Ward One Shocker!"