- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2020

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - The mayor of the Vermont city of Rutland has announced that he’s running for a third term.

Mayor David Allaire issued a statement on Monday laying out the issues in his re-election campaign, the Rutland Herald reported.

“My last three municipal budgets have been flat or presented with very minimal increases,” he said. “Our city finances are strong, with reserves as recommended by our auditors, and have weathered the pandemic storm.”

He touted the completion of the Center Street Marketplace Park project and a public swimming pool renovation under his tenure, his proposal and voter adoption of a $5 million paving bond and the city’s purchase of the former College of St. Joseph athletic center, which is now the Rutland Recreation Community Center.

Allaire, who temporarily stepped down earlier this year as he spent several weeks recovering from surgery for esophageal cancer, said a priority in the next two years would be to focus on vacant downtown storefronts and work on new development strategies for Rutland and the region.

City alderman Chris Ettori is expected to challenge Allaire and has said he hopes to bring “vision” and mediation skills to City Hall and to provide better leadership on economic development.

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