BURLINGTON, Vt. — Bernard Sanders, the nation's only socialist mayor, easily defeated six other candidates Tuesday to win reelection to a third, two-year term.
Sanders, 43, received 5,429 votes, or 55%, while his chief opponent, Democrat Brian Burns, had 3,095 votes with all six wards reporting.
In addition to Sanders' victory, it appeared that his allies were going to gain a majority on the 13-member Board of Aldermen. Sanders' Progressive Coalition had held six seats before Tuesday's vote.
Burns, 45, a former lieutenant governor, said a crowded race and the nationwide economic upswing were the reasons for Sanders' popularity.