Emily Merrill - Burlington, VT

Emily Merrill

Our family first met Ali during his time directing the afterschool program in our beloved Old North End school. He greeted families from all walks of life with a smile and a handshake. Ali broke down cultural barriers and built thriving intercultural friendships among children and families in our school community.

Ali’s ability to identify needs and take action to design and implement programs like Parent University have improved quality of life across the Burlington community. Our Ward 7 neighborhood proudly elected Ali to represent us in local government as the second new American City Counselor in our city’s history.

Ali goes above and beyond to help neighbors in need, and connect with constituents. Over the summer, he helped residents on our street avoid calling the police and instead organized a Restorative Justice influenced conversation to intervene in questionable and disruptive behaviors.

Burlington needs leaders like Ali representing our diverse neighborhoods and communities. I support Ali Dieng’s candidacy for Mayor of Burlington, Vermont.