Former school board chair John Hollar today announced his candidacy for mayor of Montpelier. He made the announcement at Onion River Sports.
Hollar, 51, spoke about the positive qualities of Montpelier, including its parks, active citizens, and vibrant downtown. He also referenced two major challenges the city faces: Montpelier’s high tax rate, which he said is among the highest in Vermont, and its declining infrastructure.
‘These two competing demands will present us with some very difficult choices in the months and years ahead,’ he said. ‘But we cannot afford to shy away from them because they are hard.’
Hollar said he chose the sporting goods store as the venue for his announcement because the store epitomizes what is great about Montpelier ‘ its thriving downtown business, great employees and high quality service and merchandise. Hollar also said that he is an avid biker and cross-country skier.
Hollar said that he would spend the next eleven weeks of the campaign ‘talking to as many people as I can to determine what our community values, and what our priorities are.’
Hollar has practiced law in Montpelier for 21 years and is a partner with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, where he is co-chair of its Regulated Entities and Government & Public Affairs groups. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA 1982) and Georgetown University (JD 1989). He's lived in Montpelier since 1990.
Hollar is married to Jennifer Prescott Hollar, a 5th generation Montpelier resident, and they have three sons.
The City of Montpelier uses a city manager type of government. The mayor is elected by the entire city every two years and sits on the City Council. The other six councilors represent three electoral districts and are also elected every two years. The council is the legislative body and the city manager runs the government.