Race On: A New American Aims to Diversify the Burlington City Council

“The black man from Mauritania had a message for the white folk at Burlington’s C.P. Smith Elementary School. “The way I think is different because I have experienced different things: discrimination, poverty — many, many things,” Ali Dieng told a group of 10 Burlington Progressives holding a caucus in the teacher’s lounge of the New North End school.

The lanky first-time politician, dressed snappily in a suit coat and newsboy beret, had come seeking the Prog party’s endorsement in his campaign for a Ward 7 city council seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Ayres. On June 27, Dieng will face off in a special election against Republican Vince Dober and independent Ellie Blais, both former city councilors and longtime residents of the New North End. Chris Trombly, who first sought the Democratic nomination, said Tuesday night that he plans an independent run.” Read the full Seven Days article.

Ward 7 Candidate Debate – Ward 4/7 NPA: Wed. May 24

Wednesday, May 24, 7-9 p.m.

Candidates for the Ward 7 special City Council election have been invited to answer your questions at the Ward 4/7 NPA monthly meeting at the Miller Center. This candidate forum will occur during the latter portion of the NPA event.

Come early to support Ali and raise your voice to ask questions!

Pass the word on on facebook.

The Miller Center is located at 130 Gosse Ct. in the New North End of Burlington.NPA forum

“NNE Dems pick Ali Dieng to run in special election”

C_BzYBfVoAA6-VpExcerpt from the Burlington Free Press:

“New North End Democrats have endorsed Ali Dieng, a West African immigrant and Burlington school outreach coordinator, as their candidate for a soon-to-be empty seat on the Burlington City Council.

Ward 7’s outgoing councilor, Democrat Tom Ayres, is stepping down from the council in June because of a new job in Randolph.

In a three minute speech before voting began, Dieng spoke about the need to bring transportation options to North Avenue, work to increase affordable housing and access to quality childcare and early childhood education, and to protect the waters of Lake Champlain.”” [Read the full article here].

“My deepest gratitude to my neighbors and friends who joined me tonight at the Democratic Caucus and voted for me as your candidate for Ward 7 City Council. Thank you! I am honored to have been chosen to represent our community and am committed to representing everyone in our ward. This is just the beginning. Now we must pull together and build a strong coalition towards the June 27th special election! Here we go, and again, THANK YOU so much!” – Ali

Independent Ali Dieng to Run for Open Burlington City Council Seat

“A West Africa native has announced his bid for an open Burlington City Council seat that represents the New North End.

Ali Dieng, 35, will run as an independent. He’s seeking to replace Democrat Tom Ayres, who plans to resign from his Ward 7 seat in June. Dieng, who said he’ll seek endorsements from the Progressive and Democratic parties, will face Vince Dober, a Republican who announced earlier this month.”

Read full story on Seven Days.