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Peter Clavelle
38th and 40th Mayor of Burlington
In office
April 1995 – April 1, 2006
Preceded by Peter Brownell
Succeeded by Bob Kiss
In office
April 4, 1989 – April 5, 1993
Preceded by Bernie Sanders
Succeeded by Peter Brownell
Personal details
Born (1949-05-10) May 10, 1949 (age 68)
Winooski, Vermont, U.S.
Political party Progressive (Before 2004)
Democratic (2004–present)
Alma mater Saint Anselm College
Syracuse University

Peter A. Clavelle (born May 10, 1949) is a Vermont politician and former mayor of Burlington.[1]


Clavelle was first elected mayor in 1989, serving seven terms. Prior to his election, he was a community development consultant and public official, serving, among other positions, as Director of Community and Economic Development in the administration of then-Mayor Bernie Sanders.[1]

Clavelle was elected mayor in 1989 as a Progressive. He remained in office until 1993, when he lost his re-election bid.[1] Clavelle returned to the mayor's office two years later in 1995 continuing to hold the position until 2006.[2]

In 2004, Clavelle ran for Governor as a Democrat against incumbent Governor Jim Douglas and four other candidates. In order to run in the Democratic Party primary, Clavelle had to change party affiliation, as required by state law.[3] Despite some initial buzz and the endorsement of five-term former Democratic Governor Howard Dean, he was defeated, 38% to 59%.[4]

In 2006, Clavelle did not seek re-election to an eighth term as mayor.[5]

In 2012, Clavelle moved to Albania as a staff member on a USAID-funded local governance project,[1] returning to Vermont in 2016.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Kelley, Kevin J. (2012-02-29). "A Former Mayor's New Direction". 
  2. ^ a b Kelley, Kevin J. (2016-05-25). "He's Back: Peter Clavelle on Bernie, the Mall and Life in Albania". Seven Days. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  4. ^ "VT Elections Database » Search Elections". VT Elections Database. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  5. ^ Freyne, Peter (2005-09-07). "Bye, Bye Mayor Moonie!". Seven Days. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 

Political offices
Preceded by
Bernie Sanders
Mayor of Burlington, Vermont
Succeeded by
Peter Brownell
Preceded by
Peter Brownell
Mayor of Burlington, Vermont
Succeeded by
Bob Kiss
Party political offices
Preceded by
Doug Racine
Democratic nominee for Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Scudder Parker


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