Marianne for Mayor: Change is in our grasp

Join hundreds of residents to bring a citizens voice to council

Positive change is on our doorstep: On May 1, I registered to run to serve as your mayor of Burlington in the Oct. 22 municipal election. With the retirement announcements of two councillors (Taylor and Craven), a new voice in the mayor’s chair and in Ward 2, we have an unprecedented opportunity this election to get four new voices – the majority needed for positive change in council decisions.

Thank you to the hundreds of you who have expressed your support since my announcement, offered to volunteer, take a lawn sign, host an event, and spread the word for a new voice for citizens in the mayor’s chair.

I’m very grateful to each of you! I’m running for you and can’t do it without you.

I’m running to bring a citizens voice back to City Hall to face the challenges ahead: overdevelopment in our neighbourhoods, downtown and across the city; inadequate transit, disappearing trees and greenspace, spending that doesn’t match your priorities, red tape hampering businesses and agriculture, and much more.

Burlington is Everyone’s City, but residents feel your values and vision aren’t reflected in city decisions.

Together, we can change that. As your mayor, I will put Residents First to create a Better Burlington for citizens, by citizens.

Our website is now live at you can read our 59 initiatives for positive change in the next term, and about the short list of 30 achievements we’ve had together in the last eight years.

Watch our campaign video to learn more – then share!


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made.

As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington.

The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful.

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