Proud to be endorsed by:
Vermont State Employees’ Association
Ex. Cmte. Board, VT AFL-CIO
Rights and Democracy Vermont
Vermont – NEA
Bill McKibbon, Environmentalist & Author
Senator David Zuckerman, Hinesburg
Senator Phil Baruth, Burlington
Senator Tim Ashe, Burlington
Rep. Christopher Pearson, Burlington
City Councilor Sharon Bushor, Burlington
City Councilor Jane Knodell, Burlington
City Councilor Max Tracy, Burlington
City Councilor Sara Giannoni, Burlington
City Councilor Dave Hartnett, Burlington
City Councilor Adam Roof, Burlington
City Councilor Tom Ayres, Burlington
City Councilor Karen Paul, Burlington
Former City Councilor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Burlington
Former City Councilor, Rachel Siegel, Burlington
Former City Councilor Ed Adrian, Burlington
Visiting with voters over the last month, I’ve been inspired by my neighbors’ passionate advocacy for healthcare, affordable housing, our schools and kids, climate action and more.
Yesterday I registered a new Vermont resident to vote in our state for the first time in the upcoming election cycle.
He was prepping his fishing tackle and getting ready to test paddle a new canoe on a beautiful summer day. When I told him that one of the issues I wanted to work on was improved access to opiate addiction treatment, he told me that many of his friends were struggling with this illness. At twenty-five he said, “it’s the biggest issue for my generation. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by it.”
His words were a powerful reminder of what’s at stake in this election and reaffirmed my commitment to keep fighting for humane solutions to the challenging issues facing Vermonters.
But I can’t do it alone. As a city councilor, I’ve relied on the expertise and passion of my constituents to help shape policy and to advocate for change. As your state representative in Montpelier, I promise to work hard for you every day, to listen and to collaborate, and to hear all points of view. Together we can do great things!
Serving as a city councilor representing Ward 1 has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I was born and raised in this neighborhood and I promise you that I’ll continue to work hard to make your voice heard.
I’m asking for your vote, so I can continue to be a strong voice for neighborhood issues, public safety, environmental stewardship, affordable housing and changes that make a difference in our daily lives.
Political balance is important. East District residents deserve a councilor who will ask tough questions and advocate for them, regardless of political affiliation. As your councilor, I’ve worked with people across the political spectrum to find solutions to complex issues facing our city.
Thank you for all you do to make this a vibrant community. You inspire me. I’d be honored to earn your vote and look forward to connecting with you.
We’re also seeing changes to parking fees currently enacted in our downtown, along with the installation of smart meters.
If you missed the November 19th presentation and forum on parking, you can catch up via channel 17 coverage.
The city now has a website devoted to parking information, where you can learn more about ongoing studies and current policies. You can also access an interactive map that allows you to post comments tied to different locations in the city.
I heard concerns about how parking is working in our city loud and clear when I spoke with so many of you in my door-to-door discussions last winter. Please share your questions and concerns directly with these tools, or with me.
I’m marking National Hunger and Homelessness Week by participating in Hunger Free Vermont’s 3SquaresVT Challenge, in which participants eat off the budget allotted to an average 3Squares benefits recipient. My daughter and I are doing this as a team, for the second time, so we have $54 to spend between the two of us on a week’s worth of groceries.
Over 32% of Vermonters cannot afford either enough food or enough nutritious food. I’ve known some hard times, both growing up and as a young adult striking out on my own with limited job skills (and a degree in dance), and I’ve benefited from forms of public assistance at those stages of my life, but these days I’m blessed with a comfortable income that allows me to eat bountiful and healthy meals, and to enjoy and support Vermont’s vibrant local foods movement.
This shouldn’t feel like a luxury, but it is. The point of the 3Squares Challenge is to gain new understanding of the daily realities of food insecurity. Like the panic I feel when I open the bread we bought on Sunday and realize it’s already almost gone on Tuesday morning, because my daughter made herself an extra peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a snack. I mentally calculate how another loaf of bread will impact the ten dollars worth of grocery money we have left for the week. I take sandwiches off my own menu.
Normally, my diet focuses on nutrient-dense choices like high-quality, locally-raised meats and organic fruits and vegetables. I play around with things like paleo and special elimination diets, to see if it makes me feel healthier. I special order grass fed gelatin to add to smoothies. This week, I’m eating pasta (2 for $1), oatmeal, potatoes and white rice as staples, to try to stretch out the frozen vegetables, chicken, tuna, peanut butter, eggs and beans.
I don’t pretend to know, at this point in my life, what the realties of hunger and food insecurity are week in and week out, but I will work to end hunger in our community. Twenty-six percent of Burlington residents live in poverty. In homes where a woman is the head of household, that number is closer to 40%. When we talk about what makes Burlington a healthy and livable community, we have to also ask ourselves who really gets to live here with ease and comfort. And then we have to ask how to do better.
For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2013
BURLINGTON – Selene Colburn will seek the Progressive nomination for the City Council seat being vacated by outgoing Ward 1 Councilor Kevin Worden. Colburn, a librarian at the University of Vermont and a trustee on the Burlington Library Commission, brings a rich understanding of issues important to Ward 1 residents.
“I was born and raised in Ward 1,” Colburn says. “I come from a long line of Burlingtonians who have made unique contributions as educators and public servants, and I’m inspired by their leadership. My main priorities will be to work with my neighbors to increase the city’s focus on neighborhood issues and to encourage the hiring of more women to positions of power within city government.”
Progressive Party Chair Emma Mulvaney-Stanak praises Colburn’s work ethic, “I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Selene on a number of projects and can’t think of anyone who will work harder for Ward 1 residents. All of Burlington will benefit from her insight and objectivity as a Councilor.”
Colburn is a trustee on the Burlington Library Commission and an Assistant to the Dean of Libraries at UVM. She is the co-founder and former board chair of Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom. She has also served on the boards of Vermont Community Access Media, Cradle to Grave Arts, Grace Roots Art and Community Effort, and the Vermont Library Association (VLA). She is currently chair of the VLA’s Government Relations committee and a parent volunteer at Edmunds Elementary School.
A long-time advocate for economic and social justice, Colburn says, “I intend to speak up for neighborhood safety, a strong response to climate change, and inclusive processes in the city’s development and budgeting initiatives. I’m looking forward to representing the immense creativity and expertise we have to offer on these issues in Ward 1.”
“I’m an evidence-based decision maker and I’ll bring an even-handed, objective approach to my work as a City Councilor. I love Burlington, with all my heart, and I’ll hold myself and my fellow councilors to high standards on its behalf.”
Colburn has lived on Latham Ct. since 2008 with her husband, Chris Burns, and their two daughters. She spent much of her childhood in a family home at the corner of College and Willard streets. Her grandfather Francis Colburn was an artist and humorist who helped found the art department at UVM. Her grandmother, Gladys Colburn, taught for decades at Burlington High School and her mother, Lorrie Colburn, worked at the Fletcher Free Library for over 20 years.
For more information contact Selene Colburn at 802-233-1358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.