John Odum


John Odum lives with his family in Montpelier, where he serves as the city clerk. Prior to becoming clerk, John worked in electoral politics and Information Technology for campaigns and nonprofits in Vermont. John is also a columnist and reporter whose work has appeared in the Huffington Post, and the websites of The Guardian and Governing. He is also the former publisher of the Vermont political website Green Mountain Daily.


In November, Montpelier voters overwhelming approved a change to the city’s charter that would allow non-US citizens to vote. As Montpelier’s City Clerk, I helped petition originator Roberta Garland bring it to a vote and now it's gone to the legislature for debate and perhaps, approval.

Odum: Stan Lee

Dec 31, 2018
Stan Lee sits to sign autographs at Boston Comic Con in August 2017.
Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

2018 sure had its ups and downs, and I’m tempted to say mainly downs. But one particular “down” that stands out for me was the passing of comic book and pop culture icon Stan Lee.