Jimmy Leas says he has long been inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders. He volunteered for Bernie’s presidential bid, and heard Bernie urge people to run for local office.
“On January 23, running for South Burlington City Council became urgently necessary,” he said. “On that day I discovered that, in her role as South Burlington’s representative to the Airport Commission, City Councilor Pat Nowak had voted in May 2016 to approve a multi-million dollar federal grant to buy and demolish yet more homes in South Burlington. Nowak did not share this information or her vote with her fellow city councilors. Other councilors only learned of this decision four months later. By then, it was a done deal. The loss of these homes affects all South Burlington taxpayers,” said Leas.