Thank you for your support!

Proud to be endorsed by:

Vermont State Employees’ Association

Ex. Cmte. Board, VT AFL-CIO

Rights and Democracy Vermont

Vermont – NEA

Bill McKibbon, Environmentalist & Author

Senator David Zuckerman, Hinesburg

Senator Phil Baruth, Burlington

Senator Tim Ashe, Burlington

Rep. Christopher Pearson, Burlington

City Councilor Sharon Bushor, Burlington

City Councilor Jane Knodell, Burlington

City Councilor Max Tracy, Burlington

City Councilor Sara Giannoni, Burlington

City Councilor Dave Hartnett, Burlington

City Councilor Adam Roof, Burlington

City Councilor Tom Ayres,  Burlington

City Councilor Karen Paul, Burlington

Former City Councilor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Burlington

Former City Councilor, Rachel Siegel, Burlington

Former City Councilor Ed Adrian, Burlington

Selene Colburn for VT Representative

Visiting with voters over the last month, I’ve been inspired by my neighbors’ passionate advocacy for healthcare, affordable housing, our schools and kids, climate action and more.


Yesterday I registered a new Vermont resident to vote in our state for the first time in the upcoming election cycle.

He was prepping his fishing tackle and getting ready to test paddle a new canoe on a beautiful summer day. When I told him that one of the issues I wanted to work on was improved access to opiate addiction treatment, he told me that many of his friends were struggling with this illness. At twenty-five he said, “it’s the biggest issue for my generation. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by it.”

His words were a powerful reminder of what’s at stake in this election and reaffirmed my commitment to keep fighting for humane solutions to the challenging issues facing Vermonters.

But I can’t do it alone. As a city councilor, I’ve relied on the expertise and passion of my constituents to help shape policy and to advocate for change. As your state representative in Montpelier, I promise to work hard for you every day, to listen and to collaborate, and to hear all points of view. Together we can do great things!

Experience You Can Trust


Serving as a city councilor representing Ward 1 has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I was born and raised in this neighborhood and I promise you that I’ll continue to work hard to make your voice heard.

I’m asking for your vote, so I can continue to be a strong voice for neighborhood issues, public safety, environmental stewardship, affordable housing and changes that make a difference in our daily lives.

Political balance is important. East District residents deserve a councilor who will ask tough questions and advocate for them, regardless of political affiliation. As your councilor, I’ve worked with people across the political spectrum to find solutions to complex issues facing our city.

Thank you for all you do to make this a vibrant community. You inspire me. I’d be honored to earn your vote and look forward to connecting with you.


Share Your Feedback on Parking in Burlington

Park by Ross Pollack

As many of you know, the city is undertaking studies on parking in both residential and downtown neighborhoods. Reports and recommendations are expected in 2015.Screen Shot of Parking Presentation

We’re also seeing changes to parking fees currently enacted in our downtown, along with the installation of smart meters.

If you missed the November 19th presentation and forum on parking, you can catch up via channel 17 coverage.

The city now has a website devoted to parking information, where you can learn more about ongoing studies and current policies. You can also access an interactive map that allows you to post comments tied to different locations in the city.

Screen Shot of Parking Tool

I heard concerns about how parking is working in our city loud and clear when I spoke with so many of you in my door-to-door discussions last winter. Please share your questions and concerns directly with these tools, or with me.

National Hunger and Homelessness Week (Nov. 15th – 23rd)


I’m marking National Hunger and Homelessness Week by participating in Hunger Free Vermont’s 3SquaresVT Challenge, in which participants eat off the budget allotted to an average 3Squares benefits recipient. My daughter and I are doing this as a team, for the second time, so we have $54 to spend between the two of us on a week’s worth of groceries.

Over 32% of Vermonters cannot afford either enough food or enough nutritious food. I’ve known some hard times, both growing up and as a young adult striking out on my own with limited job skills (and a degree in dance), and I’ve benefited from forms of public assistance at those stages of my life, but these days I’m blessed with a comfortable income that allows me to eat bountiful and healthy meals, and to enjoy and support Vermont’s vibrant local foods movement.

At the Eat by Northeast festival at Oakedge Park this summer, with my oldest daughter who is also participating in the challenge.
At the Eat by Northeast festival at Oakedge Park this summer, with my oldest daughter who is also participating in the challenge.

This shouldn’t feel like a luxury, but it is. The point of the 3Squares Challenge is to gain new understanding of the daily realities of food insecurity. Like the panic I feel when I open the bread we bought on Sunday and realize it’s already almost gone on Tuesday morning, because my daughter made herself an extra peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a snack. I mentally calculate how another loaf of bread will impact the ten dollars worth of grocery money we have left for the week. I take sandwiches off my own menu.

Normally, my diet focuses on nutrient-dense choices like high-quality, locally-raised meats and organic fruits and vegetables. I play around with things like paleo and special elimination diets, to see if it makes me feel healthier. I special order grass fed gelatin to add to smoothies. This week, I’m eating pasta (2 for $1), oatmeal, potatoes and white rice as staples, to try to stretch out the frozen vegetables, chicken, tuna, peanut butter, eggs and beans.

I don’t pretend to know, at this point in my life, what the realties of hunger and food insecurity are week in and week out, but I will work to end hunger in our community. Twenty-six percent of Burlington residents live in poverty. In homes where a woman is the head of household, that number is closer to 40%. When we talk about what makes Burlington a healthy and livable community, we have to also ask ourselves who really gets to live here with ease and comfort. And then we have to ask how to do better.