Karen Paul – Ward 6 Candidate

Karen Paul - Ward 6 City Councilor Candidate

It is truly an honor to represent the residents of Ward 6 and the City of Burlington on the City Council. My love of Burlington is deeply rooted in a rich history of community involvement as a fourth generation citizen of our City.

I grew up on Robinson Parkway and attended and graduated from Burlington schools. After high school, I got a degree in Economics and Political Science from Mount Holyoke College and later a Masters degree in Public Administration from UVM. I am a Certified Public Accountant with experience in both audit and tax work.

I was raised with the strong belief that it is my responsibility and obligation to give back to a city that has been so good to me and to my family. I have served on many non-profit boards, have worked on community fund-raising campaigns for children, was a PTO chair, coached youth soccer, and have served on two statewide commissions including the Vermont Environmental Board. In addition, I served on the Burlington Electric and Burlington Police Commissions.

Due, in part, to my professional background, one of my top priorities as a City Councilor has been centered on fiscal issues and correcting past financial challenges that were created years ago as well as restoring our credit rating. I have been elected by my peers to serve for several years on the Board of Finance and have written and sponsored countless resolutions that have implemented best practices with regard to our budget, our audit, our pension and other financial matters.

One of my other priorities are quality of life concerns. Since 2009, I have been calling landlords whose properties have had noise complaints that previous weekend to ask them to hold their tenants accountable to our noise ordinance. These calls have been highly effective. Along with a great deal of help from UVM, Champlain College and our police department, noise complaints are down between 25 and 50% in Ward 6 over the past 5 years. I authored a resolution that created a system to enforce landlord accountability that raises the bar for safer rental housing. I also wrote and cosponsored resolutions to initiate smoke-free outdoor public places for our parks, beaches and downtown.

In concert with Planning and Zoning, I was the lead sponsor of the resolution called the “Downtown Plan” which became planBTV and later worked to garner unanimous co-sponsorship from the City Council to make planBTV one of our guiding City planning documents.

I have posted Council meeting previews and updates on Front Porch Forum since 2009 and am on Facebook and Twitter with updates for Council meetings and many other events. I also publish a “blue newsletter” several times a year to reach out and keep in touch with residents.

It is my hope that my combination of government, business and community leadership experience has been and will continue to be an asset to Ward 6 and the City.

I could not do what I do without the support of my husband, Mark and our three children, Andrew, Adam and Caroline for which I am always grateful. It is a privilege to serve.

Please visit karenpaulbtv.com for more information or email me at karen.paul.btv@gmail.com with any questions.