Thank You for Your Support

Sending heartfelt thanks out to everyone who voted for me in this election. Every vote was an affirmation. I have the gift of your encouragement, if not a city council seat, and you’ve inspired me. Sending special thanks out to those who supported the campaign itself — financially or with the treasure of your time […]

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As trustees and servants of the people, it’s what we signed up for. We have a duty to let the sun shine in – to let the people we serve see what we are up to.

Jim Condos, VT Secretary of State
Socialism

Campaign Attracts Prominent Activist Endorsements: Burlington Democratic Socialists of America; Coalition for a Livable City; 05401 PLUS (Press Release)

Community groups highlight need for improved citizen participation; Ward 3 candidate champions change BURLINGTON February 22, 2018 The Burlington Ward 3 City Council campaign of James Lockridge, Independent, announces endorsement by the Burlington Democratic Socialists of America and the Coalition for a Livable City. “My fight for human dignity in Burlington — for a government […]

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CCTV Candidate Forum

CCTV Ch. 17 Live Town Meeting Forum: Q&A With the Ward 3 Candidates (Video)

Tonight, I answered questions about policy and issues with my Ward 3 City Council opponents Lizzie Haskell and Brian Pine at the Channel 17 Live Town Meeting Forum for Ward 3 candidates. Morgan True of VTDigger moderated the live TV broadcast, produced by Kim Villemaire. The CCTV crew was kind enough to send the questions in […]

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A Tenacious Changemaker

One Candidate Pursues a Better City Government, Tenaciously (Video)

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Pine, Haskell & Lockridge

Ward 2/3 NPA Candidate Forum (Video)

With thanks to producer Charlie Giannoni and CCTV, video of the February 8 Wards 2 & 3 Neighborhood Planning Assembly Candidate Forum can be viewed online. It was a genuine pleasure to answer questions alongside my opponents Brian Pine and Lizzie Haskell. The conversation with Ward 3 residents reinforced our need for a City Council […]

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Photo by Burlington Free Press

Town Meeting Day: Meet Your Burlington City Council Candidates

The Burlington Free Press kindly published a guide to Burlington City Council candidates, providing responses that were edited for space. Unedited questions and answers are below. 1. What concrete step can the City Council take to make housing more affordable for Vermonters? Please specify an actual action item. We need to live up to our […]

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NBC 5

Preserving Democracy and the People’s Voice

City Councilors Wright, Hartnett and Knodell proposed a resolution that would alter the language of a March ballot item in support of which citizens gathered more than 1,780 validated signatures on their petition. I spoke in opposition to this suppression of the public voice at the City Council meeting last night. Councilors voted to preserve the […]

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One People One Wall

One People One Wall: Remove the ‘Everybody Loves A Parade’ Mural

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James Lockridge and Brian Pine

City Council Opponents Encourage Civic Engagement with Joint Video

I hope this short video — a project that my political opponent and I produced collaboratively — is a happy reminder of the quality of our local democracy. Happy New Year to all as we enter the adventure of 2018 together, making our city an even better place to live and grow! Press Release City […]

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Portland Loo

Public Restrooms Would Resolve Ordinance Indignity

The city council has been doing ordinance housekeeping relating to quality of life issues downtown — refining or removing some that relate to public drunkenness, cat-calling, public urination, and others. Up from this process, with credit due to Stephen Marshall, an advocate for the homeless (see his blog), came the realization that the city is criminalizing […]

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Mayor Weinberger on WCAX

WCAX Reports: Mayor Weinberger to Restore Memorial Auditorium; Building to Remain Public

A heavy debt of respect and gratitude is due to the people of Burlington who raised their voice to save Memorial Auditorium. That voice is noble and growing in power. WCAX reports tonight that Mayor Weinberger is committed to restoring Memorial Auditorium and keeping it in the public domain, “A plan to modernize Memorial Auditorium […]

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Lifesaver Award Ceremony

Youth Safety Council Director Lockridge Receives Award

Thank you, Vermont Business Magazine, for sharing this news. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program recently presented its annual ‘Lifesaver of the Year’ award to James Lockridge, Executive Director of the Youth Safety Council of Vermont. The award was presented by Governor Phil Scott, Chief of the Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program Keith Flynn, Vermont Motor […]

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VTDigger photo of SaraMoore

VTDigger: Pine, Lockridge to Compete for Open Burlington Council Seat

Sending a respectful welcome and congratulations to colleague Brian Pine for announcing his bid as an opponent for the Ward 3 City Council seat. It’s a pleasure to be a part of demonstrating how much commitment our Ward has to upholding progressive ideals at City Hall. Thank you for voting for me in March. See the VTDigger […]

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Rights & Democracy Movement Politics Training Group

Rights & Democracy’s Movement Politics Training

Kiah Morris VT State Representative, Diana Gonzalez, and Debbie Ingram shared practical campaign knowledge and personal insights at the Rights & Democracy Political Revolution Burlington Movement Politics Training! on Saturday. I’m entering politics with humility, grateful for the lift. Thank you Shay Totten and Isaac Grimm for the schooling.

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Energize Democracy Event

Energize Democracy at Vermont Law School

Sending thanks out to Vermont Law School and the team that organized the ‘Energize Democracy’ workshop yesterday. I’m entering the city council campaign as a citizen who’s ‘energized’ to move Burlington toward a fairer, more inclusive and empowering city government. Thanks to Kathleen Falk, former Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Randy Brock, Sen. Joe Benning, Ruth Hardy, VLS Professor […]

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On CCTV with Preservation Burlington

Preservation Burlington: The Fate of Memorial Auditorium

Liisa Reimann Rivera and Ron Wanamaker of Preservation Burlington were kind to converse with me on their CCTV show about the “challenges and opportunities associated with preserving this nearly century-old landmark.” Find the video here https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/fate-memorial-auditorium

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Memorial Auditorium by Matthew Thorsen

Seven Days: Burlingtonians Speak Out to Save Memorial Auditorium

Katie Jickling of Seven Days writes about how “Burlington residents came out en masse Tuesday night to advocate for the preservation of Memorial Auditorium.” Seven Days photo by Matthew Thorsen.

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Glenn Russell photo of Memorial Auditorium

Burlington Free Press: Burlington Neighborhood Groups Want Memorial Auditorium Saved

Jess Aloe and Dan D’Ambrosio of the Burlington Free Press write, “About 75 members of neighborhood planning groups from across Burlington expressed overwhelming support Tuesday night for preserving Memorial Auditorium.” Read the article here http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2017/09/26/burlington-neighborhood-groups-want-memorial-auditorium-saved/703192001/ Burlington Free Press photo by Glenn Russell.

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WCAX, 9/26/2017

WCAX: What Should Burlington Do With Memorial Auditorium?

Priscilla Liguory of WCAX reported about the September 26 public assembly hosted by the All-NPA, a community discussion at City Hall about the future of Memorial Auditorium. “The building was also home of 242 Main, which was a music venue where residents and visitors enjoyed concerts for decades. “It’s on the city to recognize that […]

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NBC 5, The Future of Memorial Auditorium

NBC 5: Community Leaders, Residents Explore Future of Memorial Auditorium

Stewart Ledbetter of NBC 5 reported Mayor Weinberger’s announcement that he would pursue a Request For Proposals process to secure a future for Memorial Auditorium that did not involve demolishing the historic and beloved civic structure. Mayor Weinberger’s statement, released the day before a public assembly to be hosted by the All-NPA (Neighborhood Planning Assemblies) […]

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NBC 5

NBC 5: One Man’s Quest to Save Memorial Auditorium

Renee Wunderlich of NBC 5 included me in a story about the NPA-sponsored public assembly for Memorial Auditorium at Contois Auditorium in City Hall on September 26. See the video here http://www.mynbc5.com/article/quest-to-save-memorial-auditorium/12480254

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Photo of Lockridge by Morgan True, VTDigger

VTDigger: Lockridge to run for Burlington City Council

Follow the link below to VTDigger’s reporting on my announcement to run for City Council. (Thank you, Morgan True!) Lockridge to run for Burlington City Council

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Culture and creativity are our calling cards to the world, opening doors, building relationships and forging connections through sharing stories and experiences. They enable Scotland to deliver its goals of being a progressive, flourishing and innovative society, with a strong, growing and inclusive economy driven by the culturally confident population who live, work and visit here. Culture and creativity helps us be more human, spark spirit and live well. It's vital we continue to invest in them both for the sake of ourselves and for future generations to come.

Janet Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland
242 Main, message to mayors

The Expanding Message: 242 Main Matters

We’ve had some heartwarming progress with the effort to save 242 Main. Here’s an overview: In Burlington, Vermont we have ‘Neighborhood Planning Assemblies’ in each ward. They’re citizen-led components of the city government that meet each month and send their resolutions to the city council. I presented about 242 Main to all of them and […]

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