- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The office of mayor in Vermont’s capital city has its first contender after Mayor John Hollar announced he will not seek re-election.

City Councilor Anne Watson announced Monday that she plans to run for mayor during a press conference at City Hall. The Times Argus reports she received an endorsement from Democratic state Rep. Mary Hooper - who represents Montpelier in the Legislature.

Watson says financial and environmental sustainability, alongside housing, will be a high priority for her candidacy.

The announcement comes more than two months before the deadline for filing nomination petitions.

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