By Lani Duke
RUTLAND—Alderman David Allaire announced his intention to run for mayor of Rutland, Dec. 27. Allaire has run for mayor twice before, in 2011 and 2013. Outside sales manager for Interstate Batteries, Allaire has been repeatedly elected to Rutland’s Board of Aldermen and has served the board as its president.
One of the recent events that compelled Allaire to run again is the secrecy with which current Mayor Christopher Louras made commitments to bring Syrian and Iraqi refugees to Rutland. Allaire has also expressed concern over the mayor’s plan to restructure the fire department without support from the firefighters themselves.
Louras has held the mayor’s seat for five terms. Allaire will run against former alderman and current Downtown Rutland Partnership Executive Director Michael Coppinger as well as Louras.