Two competent candidates
The City of Rutland is indeed fortunate in the candidates running for mayor this year. The assured and positive outcome is that we will have a dedicated, hard-working mayor. Less positive is that we will lose either a capable and competent mayor or a strong and steady president of the Board of Aldermen.
These candidates are different in their approach and temperament, but each would serve the city well as mayor. Mayor Chris Louras is focused and has an attention to detail that has benefited the city when it comes to budgeting and dealing with the minutia of city administration, such as coordinating flood recovery efforts and establishing a multiyear paving program.
Board President David Allaire has provided leadership to the board and sought consensus where possible, as well as having served in the Vermont Legislature.
The men have different personalities and styles, so the voters may end up choosing the characteristics they’re looking for in a mayor rather than voting for the “better candidate”. I will have a hard time choosing between these two men, as I like and respect both of them. I am sorry that the losing candidate will not be a city official, at least until the next election.
I am convinced that the city can’t lose in its choice of mayor.