Winooski voters hand Seth Leonard, 32, the mayor’s chair; Weinberger handily beats opponents in Burlington

March 4, 2015; Erin Mansfield; VT Digger

With five mayoral elections across the state Tuesday, four of those seats went to incumbents over age 40. But Winooski voters took a fresh track and promoted 32-year-old Seth Leonard from city councilor to mayor.

Leonard bought a house in Winooski in 2011 and was elected to the city council in 2013. On Tuesday, he defeated Bill Norful, who had been mayor from 1991 to 1999, by a 627-408 vote. Leonard raised just $1,138, according to a Feb. 21 campaign finance report, and spent $972. Incumbent Michael O’Brien did not run for re-election.

The part-time mayor of Winooski serves as the chair of the city council, and Leonard said he will keep his job as the outreach coordinator at the Vermont Housing Finance Agency in Burlington.

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