“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.