Rakowski joins Huizenga, Hawley on city council

VERGENNES — Former Addison Northwest School District Board Chair Susan Rakowski was the top vote getter in Tuesday’s five-way contest for three seats on the Vergennes City Council. Two incumbents also retained their seats, but a multi-term councilor fell short in his re-election bid. Joining Rakowski on the council were incumbents Ian Huizenga — the chef-owner of Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewery — and former longtime city manager Mel Hawley. Both had first won their seats in September special elections f … (read more)

Five vie for three city council seats

VERGENNES — Vergennes residents are seeing another crowded ballot for the city council, with three incumbents facing two challengers for two-year terms. The top three vote-getters in the five-way race will win seats. Former councilor Matt Chabot is alone … (read more)

City residents question Donnelly and Hawley

VERGENNES — In a five-minute exchange of views at Tuesday’s city council meetings, two Vergennes residents questioned Mayor Lynn Donnelly and Deputy Mayor Mel Hawley on issues that included her recent allegations of corruption and what one called a Hawley … (read more)

City taps Mel Hawley as deputy mayor

VERGENNES — In a 4-3 vote on Tuesday the Vergennes City Council chose former longtime city manager Mel Hawley as deputy mayor over fellow new Councilor Dickie Austin.  Voting in favor of Hawley were Mayor Lynn Donnelly, Hawley, and Councilors David Austin … (read more)

Former city manager claims council seat

VERGENNES — Former longtime Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley defeated former city alderman David Small in Tuesday’s runoff election, 427-379, or 53%-47%, for a council seat that carries a term that runs through this March. Turnout was about 39%, even hig … (read more)

City to choose between Hawley and Small on Oct. 20

VERGENNES — Barring another tie, Vergennes residents will pick the seventh member of their city council this coming Tuesday, and it’ll either be former longtime City Manager Mel Hawley or former councilor David Small, a sales and marketing professional.  … (read more)

City voters pick newcomers — and Hawley

VERGENNES — In what officials said was strong turnout for a special election, Vergennes voters on Tuesday — out of a field of 14 candidates — chose three political newcomers and former longtime city manager Mel Hawley to fill four vacancies on the Vergenn … (read more)