My name is Ali and I am proud to announce my candidacy as an Independent candidate for Mayor of the City of Burlington. Our city needs a new and trustworthy leader with an inclusive vision geared toward bringing people together and transforming Vermont’s largest city into the best small city in North America. This campaign is about implementing that vision for a fair, just, and equitable city that works for everyone. A city that seeks to eradicate all systems of oppression and discrimination against people of color and minority groups. And a city that strives for sustainable economic development, smart growth, respect for our lake and environment, public safety and fiscal responsibility.
This campaign is about leadership committed to making a positive difference… leadership that listens and that does not turn away from some of our city’s most complex issues, leading with love and compassion for the underprivileged and vulnerable communities.
Thirteen years ago I came to this country not speaking the language and not understanding the culture. I began working with Burlington children in our community schools, which gave me great insight into this community and its values. 13 years later, I know our community, including those most underserved and disenfranchised. I have worked tirelessly throughout my life and my career for justice and to bring the voices of the underrepresented to the forefront. I have also been bringing people together, designing projects and programs geared towards giving people hope and confidence to meet their life goals. All of my accomplishments have been done in collaboration with others. I have accomplished much of this without a political party or an organization, but rather with a passion for service and a love of Burlington and its people.
Burlingtonians are tired and people are ready for change. I believe Burlington deserves a leader who is not entrenched in partisan politics and who is in touch with the people of Burlington and their needs… a leader who is willing to do the hard but necessary work to move our city forward. Burlingtonians want a government that can be trusted to do what’s right even in the face of political opposition; a government that is transparent and clear; a government that cares enough to work on healing and building unity in our community.
If you believe Burlington is ready for a change and you value transparency, unity and action to create the Burlington of our dreams, I ask for your support. Please consider getting involved by donating, volunteering or endorsing.