Why I'm Running for re-election

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Thank you for the privilege of serving as Ward 5 City Councilor for the past six years.  I was raised here and am raising my family here. I'm committed to working hard to keep our City moving forward, addressing both the opportunities and challenges, and maintaining Burlington as the city we all love to live in.

I am running for re-election because I want to continue focusing upon restoring fiscal responsibility, making Burlington affordable, investing in public infrastructure and parks and protecting our most vulnerable

Chip Mason

Fiscal Responsibility - Great Progress and Continued Vigilance

Fiscal responsibility is the base for investments in the services, programs and opportunities in Burlington.  We must not take the positive steps we have made for granted.  We have made strides to address the high cost of living and affordability of Burlington.  We cannot become a City with no middle class.  

Infrastructure - Great parks and public spaces, walking and biking, and protecting our natural assets

Since I joined the council, we have put millions of taxpayer dollars to work via Penny for Parks, reconstructed the bike path from end to end, created a state of the art skate park, and tripled our investment in sidewalks.  Our infrastructure remains fragile and must be attended to.  There are also many high profile public improvement projects that will demand the council and public’s attention.

Protecting Our Most Vulnerable

I am committed to protecting our most vulnerable citizens.  Year-round low-barrier shelters, amendments to outdated and unconstitutional ordinances addressing quality of life and the early education initiative were meaningful steps.  Those efforts must continue.


I ask for your support and your vote on March 6, 2018.

Thank you,
Chip Mason
Ward 5 City Councilor