My name is Hannah King. I’m a renter, student, and daughter of a single mother. My father was a construction worker, and my mother is a healthcare worker and proud union member. I understand the struggles so many of my Ward 8 neighbors face because I’ve lived them myself. I’m running for City Council to be a representative leader that listens and is responsive, is thoughtful in my approach to solving complex problems, and puts real progress before politics as usual.
I believe we can solve our deepest challenges by working together and listening to each other. I’ve worked tirelessly on behalf of our Ward 8 neighborhood, serving as a Steering Committee Member on the Wards 1 and 8 Neighborhood Planning Association and as the Ward 8 Representative on the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board.
Through these roles, I’ve had the opportunity to help expand language access to some of our community's most important events, such as assisting in organizing Vermont’s first live translated mayoral forum. I also served as a member of the BTV Low Barrier Homeless Shelter Advisory Board, where I led supply and donation drives for our neighbors experiencing houselessness.
Last year, I had the honor to serve as the Finance Director on Congresswoman Becca Balint’s historic campaign. Working with Congresswoman Balint was an experience that taught me so much about staying strong in the face of tough politics, leading with your values, and showing up even when times get hard.
As a community organizer, I’ve built teams that registered over 500 new voters, worked to strengthen relationships between students and long-term Burlington residents by creating a pen pal program to encourage productive dialogue within Ward 8, and worked closely with neighbors and university leaders to de-escalate problematic situations in our student-dense neighborhoods.
My Ward 8 neighbors deserve a counselor who is willing to fight with and for them. Someone who sticks around even when circumstances get tough. Over the last five years, I’ve proven to be that person. I’m prepared to serve.