Endorsement Quotes


Senator Bernie Sanders, I-VT

Bernie and Bob,opening day Center City Little League

“I have known and worked with Bob Kiss for over 25 years. As Mayor, Bob has a record of running the City of Burlington in an effective and efficient manner, putting the needs of taxpayers first. In these tough economic times we need a mayor who will continue fighting for the middle class– and Bob is that leader.”

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David Zuckerman, Progressive State Representative and Intervale Farmer

David Zuckerman

“It seems all the other candidates have nothing specific to challenge Bob about except that he is not a flashy politician. I know that many find that refreshing. People want a different kind of politician. One that gets things done. Bob has a great track record of managing the city in a financially prudent manner while making sure that the social fabric of our community remains sewn together. Bob has demonstrated great leadership in these challenging times. Let’s help return him for another 3 years.”

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John Podesta, President and CEO of The Center for American Progress Action Fund. Former Chief Counsel to Senator Patrick Leahy and Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton. Co-Chair, Obama Transition Team

John Podesta

“Bob and I have been friends for over 40 years. We share a common blue collar background and a commitment to building a nation where every hard-working person can realize their hopes and dreams through education, decent work and fair pay. I endorsed Bob for mayor three years ago. Based on his record and the new challenges ahead, it is clear that we need progressive leaders like Bob in local government, now–more than ever. He has my support for re-election as the mayor of Burlington.”

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Charlie Krumholz, Long time Burlington resident and member of the Heart Team at FAHC

Charlie Krumholz

“I have known Bob for many years. I am supporting him for mayor because he has done an excellent job rebuilding Burlington’s reserve funds from $75,000 to $2,000,000. He has quietly built a group of bright talented people and encouraged open, participatory democracy. Bob Kiss is a hard working mayor with a vision for our city that is sustainable, consistent with my values and those of Vermonters.”

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Lyndsay Klepper and David Cannizzaro, Owners of Panadero

Lindsay Klepper and David Cannizzaro

“Bob Kiss has been a customer at our bakery since before he became Mayor. In the ‘big business’ of city government, a small business likes to feel appreciated. We feel that Bob has taken interest in and shown understanding of issues that matter to us, not just to the city’s bottom line.”

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Julie A. Davis, 25 year Burlington resident and co-founder and Executive Director of Vermont HITEC, a non-profit workforce development organization.

Julie A. Davis

“I have known Bob for over 20 years and believe he will continue to steer Burlington forward with the values that have made this City number one on so many indicators for the past 10 years. We are all reaping the benefits of a city that cares for the quality of our environment and all of our citizens. Let’s continue to support the people who worked so hard to make it that way.”

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Katharine Montstream, Landscape painter

Katharine Montstream

“Bob Kiss has worked hard and done impressive work for our city. Employment is up, wages are up, and taxes stayed the same while not losing services. He negotiated to buy 179 acres in the Intervale to preserve land for farmers. And I believe it’s no coincidence that Burlington was voted the nation’s healthiest city under his watch. Bob Kiss has my vote.”

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Kathy Chasan, School Board Member

Kathy Chasan

“I’m voting for Bob Kiss because he is an unusually decent man who gets things done without making a big fuss. He personifies the kindness and caring which are valued in Burlington. Mayor Kiss’ steady determination is just what we need in these difficult times. His concerns for the common good, the most vulnerable and Burlington schools can continue to make a big difference in our lives.”

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Gail Moreau, Executive Director, Heineberg Senior Center

Gail Morrow

“I appreciate the work that Bob did to help create financial sustainability for the two Senior Centers in Burlington. Because of his efforts , we can continue to offer health and wellness programs and vital services to our older adult neighbors in Burlington. Thank you , Bob!”

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Ann Hallowell, Former Democratic State Representative

Ann Hallowell

“I support Mayor Kiss because he has shown competent, evenhanded leadership that is mindful of today’s enormous economic challenges. He has moved our award winning city forward through citizen input and involvement, and I appreciate his calm temperament and demeanor.”

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Paul Lafayette, Small business owner and former Democratic City Councilor

Paul Lafayette

“Being the mayor of Burlington is a big responsibility. Now that we are facing difficult times and a recession, the job becomes even more paramount. Whether it was balancing three budgets or moving the Moran Plant forward, Mayor Kiss has risen to every occasion. He is level headed, listens patiently and cares deeply about every person living and working in the city. He deserves three more years to continue his great work.”

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Bonnie Acker, School food activist

Bonnie Acker

“I’m voting for Bob because he supports local, safe and affordable food for all. He led the way to protect the Intervale forever, and he’ll continue building our community’s vital agricultural resources.”

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Al Robinson, Executive Director of Imani Health Institute

Al Robinson

“In his first term, Mayor bob Kiss provided true leadership, and financial stability He created citizen advisory committees to gain community input in the decision making process.

Burlington is a great city, and Bob has a proven track record that says he can lead and he puts people first, and that’s why I endorse Bob Kiss for reelection as Mayor of the city of Burlington.”

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Sarah Kenney, Domestic and sexual violence victims’ advocate and Police Commissioner, with family, David Lines and Harper

Sarah Kenney, David Lines and Harper

“We support Bob because of his thoughtful, steady, compassionate leadership on so many issues, especially violence against women, public safety, and preserving the social safety net that is increasingly important in these tough times. He cares deeply about our community and puts his personal social justice philosophy into action in leading our city forward into an uncertain future. Burlington needs responsible, caring leadership – Burlington needs Bob Kiss.”

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Marc Sherman, Co-Owner Outdoor Gear Exchange

Marc Sherman

“I’m voting for Bob Kiss because I believe in his vision for Burlington. I worked with Bob in my capacity as Sailing Center board member, Public Works Commissioner, business owner, and citizen. I have always been impressed with Bob’s level headed approach to very complex issues. He understands the multifaceted nature of running Vermont’s largest city. His administration supports the arts, the environment, recreation, families and businesses and understands that these are the building blocks that make Burlington great. I look forward to seeing how much more he can accomplish in the years to come.”

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Cleary O. Buckley, ArchitectCleary O. Buckley

“Mayor Kiss has done a great job managing the many needs of our city. Bob’s administration has advanced infrastructure projects that promise to spur business within Burlington. At the same time, Mayor Kiss has been a strong advocate for sustainable growth through the city-wide Climate Action Plan. Burlington continues to be a vibrant and healthy community thanks to Mayor Kiss’s leadership. I will vote for Bob Kiss to continue his good work in the next term.”

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