Thank You, Ward 7 Voters!

Neighbors –

I am deeply grateful to each and every Burlington Ward 7 resident who came out and voted yesterday to elect me as your representative on the City Council. Thank you for your support, your engagement, and your voice in this movement. Thank you for talking to me on your doorsteps, donating to my campaign, volunteering to help in so many ways, and most importantly, turning out to vote. This victory would not have been possible without all of you!

I am committed to honoring my campaign promise to stay engaged, listen carefully to everyone’s ideas and concerns and bring your voices to the city council. I will work hard everyday to strengthen our community and deepen our connections. Let’s keep on engaging together – reach out to me any time at or 802-318-2527.

Thank you!


Thank You Ward 7 Honk and Wave 6/29

We are just getting started connecting Ward 7 to each other and the city.

Join Ali and your neighbors to thank Ward 7ers at a lively Thank You Honk & Wave on Thursday, June 29 from 5:15pm-6:15pm at the corner of Rte. 127 and North Ave. Rain or Shine! Bring your handmade thank you signs and energy.

“I didn’t just win, W-E won!” – Ali

Ali addressing a packed house of campaign supporters and volunteers on election night.

Tonight’s victory was a decisive win for the future of Ward 7. This campaign was grassroots and people powered (see above) from the very start. Thank you to all who volunteered and most importantly, thank you to Ward 7!

From the Burlington Free Press article coverage of Ali’s win:

“Ali Dieng, a Democrat and a Progressive, defeated Republican Vince Dober for a seat on Burlington’s City Council.

In daylong balloting Tuesday in a special election in Ward 7, Dieng received 610 votes to Dober’s 302. Results were tallied minutes after the polls closed at 7 p.m.

Other independent candidates trailed far behind. Ellie Blais received 47 votes, and Chris Trombly, 29.

Dieng won 62 percent of the vote, earning a higher margin than his Democratic predecessor, Tom Ayres, did in either of his two elections. Ayres won in 2013 and 2015 by less than 100 votes.

Thomas Fleury, the Ward 7 clerk, said 989 residents turned out to cast votes, including absentee ballots and early voting. ”

More press coverage on Ali’s win from Seven Days, NBC 5, and VT Digger.

This is it! Ali hands on deck needed!

Sunday, June 25 :: Volunteer Opts

19400009_1616015651751242_428655988246742442_nSunday Canvassing: 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

It is a beautiful day to take a walk around Ward 7, meet some neighbors, and drop off lit about Ali’s campaign and the election on Tuesday.  Email Katy Hellman, Ali’s Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, at to help.

Monday, June 26 Volunteer Opts

20170621_075218Monday Honk & Waves :: 7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.

It is our favorite campaign activity—Honk & Waves!

Join Ali and an energized group of volunteers to start your day or end it at the corners of North Ave. and the belt line. Feeling spontaneous? Meet us there, we will have signs for you. Extra credit to bring your own!

Email for more info: Katy Hellman, Ali’s Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, at to help. Thank you!

Monday Canvassing & Lit Drop :: 5-7 p.m.

It is our final day to reach the last few houses in Ward 7, meet some neighbors, and drop off lit about Ali’s campaign and the election on Tuesday. Take an after work stroll and help get out the vote!

Email for more info: Katy Hellman, Ali’s Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, at to help. Thank you!

Obama-Phone-Bank-2-RichlandCountyDemsMonday Phone Banking :: 5-7:30 p.m. 241 N. Winooski Ave. Champlain Senior Center with Rights & Democracy

This election will come down to who turns and votes! Help remind voters that Tuesday is the day to go to the Miller Center and to answer any questions about Ali (don’t worry, we have his position on issues and other details for you).

Email for more info: Katy Hellman, Ali’s Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, at to help. Thank you!

Tuesday, June 27 Volunteer Opts

politics1-1-800affdcefb388e4This is the big day! Help Ali on election day with:

Greeting voters at The Miller Center :: 7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-7 p.m.

Poll Side Checking :: 7-9 a.m. & 9-11 a.m. & 3-5 p.m.
Sit at the polls at the Miller Center and keep track who still needs to be reminded to vote!

Election Day Phone Bank :: 12-6 p.m.
Call those who have yet to vote and remind them to do so on the way home after work/their day!

Email for more info and to sign up: Katy Hellman, Ali’s Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, at to help.
Thank you!

Our Revolution endorses Ali!

our_revolution_atchesonOur Revolution, the next step for the Bernie Sanders’ movement which is fighting to transform America and advance the progressive agenda in this country, has endorsed Ali Dieng in his race. The endorsement draws national attention to Ali’s campaign, which has energized the neighbors of Ward 7 in Burlington and brought folks of all ages and backgrounds together to work toward their collective future in the city.

Four candidates vie for New North End council seat.

“My number one priority is to improve communication between City Hall and Ward 7.” – Ali

Burlington Free Press Article:

Four candidates vie for New North End council seat.

“In the June 27 special City Council election, New North End residents have four choices — a field of candidates that offer a range of backgrounds and political experience.

Councilor Tom Ayres, a Democrat who currently represents Ward 7, is stepping down at the end of June because of a new job in Randolph, triggering the special election.”

Read in full.

Where am I on issues facing Ward 7?

19055314_1602563079763166_6677937253178533581_oAs I have knocked on doors all over our neighborhoods, I have heard directly from you about what needs to be addressed for our ward. I have put together some of my positions on the following city and Ward 7 issues, which you can read more about here.

  • Be a voice for all of Ward 7. There is too little communication from the city council, and the mayor’s office, to the neighborhood. 
  • Engage youth in healthy activities. In my work with kids and families, I see the power that positive activities and opportunities have in supporting healthy choices.
  • Increase access to affordable childcare. Early childhood education is essential for the lifelong success of the next generation.
  • Make housing more affordable. Many people of all ages sometimes struggle to find affordable housing options in Burlington, and I recognize that affordable housing, for renters and homeowners, for young families and older Vermonters, is critical to our sense of security and quality of life.
  • Fight the opioid epidemic. This is an issue that has already taken center stage in the city and significant resources are being devoted to address the crisis. I want to make sure that resources are maximized for the best outcomes for the many individuals and families impacted.
  • Strengthen public transportation to and from our neighborhoods. As the New North End grows it is critical that we be connected across the city, and that means robust transportation options – frequent and affordable public buses, 18839178_1591640287522112_7628162917110183214_nSSTA options, and more.
  • Bring more key Burlington events and services to the New North End. As the New North End grows and as more of our elders decide to retire in the neighborhood, we need more opportunities for people to get together and connect.
  • Racial Bias. Structural racism exists and is visible in a number of ways: lack of representation in key city or state leadership positions, racial profiling by police, lack of opportunity for people of color to access higher education and employment, and the disproportionate rate of incarcerations of people of color.
  • The redevelopment of Town Center Mall. I support the redevelopment on the whole because it will add more housing, which we need. However, I am concerned about whether these new homes will be truly affordable for working families, and whether the inclusionary zoning rules could have been applied better in this case given the size of the project.
  • 19055319_1600497426636398_6381083792053775727_o.jpgThe Moran Project. I really, really support this project. I’ve been meeting with the Moran people since before they took on this project, and I believe they will succeed. I like that it emphasizes the public and private partnership, which is wonderful, and it links to the skate park and will engage the young people more in these public spaces.
  • The City’s relationship with its major institutions, such as UVM and the UVM Medical Center. We are lucky to have these institutions in our community because it’s what makes our community so vibrant.
  • The sale of Burlington Telecom. I really believe that Burlington is unique in very different ways, and I would like to see more of the institutions in the city use it to help them grow, just like we’ve done with businesses such as  For a sale partner, I would be OK with a public-private approach in this or a local cooperative ownership.
  • The North Avenue Pilot. Personally, I think people are starting to rally behind the idea and the project. Change is hard, but as a community, we need to focus on the positives – such as the improved safety on the street, and the bike lanes (which I use).   I do believe that we need to wait more until the data comes out, which will show us if the pilot project has improved the overall safety of our street.

Read more in depth positions on all these issues here.