“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.”

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