“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 katyhellman1@gmail.com 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 katyhellman1@gmail.com 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 katyhellman1@gmail.com 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 katyhellman1@gmail.com 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 katyhellman1@gmail.com to help.
Thank you!

Need to get registered to vote?

You can now register to vote in Vermont up to and on election day!

Register in one of four easy ways:

  1. Register the day of the election at the Miller Center/polling place (yes really, the new law went into effect this year!).
  2. Register online through the Secretary of State’s office up until Monday, June 26 at 4 p.m. (you will have to just register in person at the polls if you miss that deadline).
  3. Go to the Burlington city clerk’s office at City Hall, anytime between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. by Monday, June 26 at 4:30 p.m.
  4. Go to the Department of Motor Vehicle office on Dorset Street in S. Burlington (where the old Healthy Living used to be), by Monday, June 26.
  5. Email or call Ali’s campaign at 802-318-2527 and a volunteer will meet you to register, by Monday, June 26.

U.S. Senator Sanders & Others Endorse Dieng

With the campaign for the special election for Burlington’s Ward 7 City Council seat in the final stretch, Ali Dieng’s public endorsements are growing by the day. Ali is honored to get U.S. Senator Sanders support, along with Mayor Weinberger, current and past Burlington City Councilors, state representatives and senators, and most importantly, many of his neighbors here in Ward 7.

See which community leaders and neighbors are supporting Ali and why.

Bernie Quote

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