Bob Kiss wins Burlington mayoral race

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Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss was re-elected to a third term Tuesday – but it took an instant runoff.

Kiss, a Progressive, placed second in the first round of voting, winning 29 percent of the vote to Republican Kurt Wright’s 33 percent.

But after Burlington’s instant runoff voting system counted the second-place preferences of other candidates’ supporters, Kiss vaulted to a win.

In the final round, Kiss had 4,313 votes and Wright got 4,061.

In Rutland, Mayor Christopher Louras also won re-election to a second term. He easily defeated challenger David Trapeni.

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