Aden Haji - Burlington, VT

Aden Haji

Ward 8, Burlington School Board Commissioner

I am proud to Endorse Ali Dieng as our city’s next mayor. I am confident in Ali’s leadership to make this city a more equitable and inclusive place for all community members. In all my time of knowing Ali, he has brought underrepresented voices and communities to decision making processes. This is the kind of leadership we need in this city.

Caryn Connoly - Attorney - Burlington, VT

Caryn Connolly

Attorney

I am a resident of Ward 4 in the New North End. Ali Dieng is the Burlington City Councilor for the other ward in the New North End, Ward 7. Whenever I have expressed an opinion or asked a question on a topic that effects Burlington, Ali has addressed it—even though he is not my Councilor. He is a Councilor for ALL the people of Burlington. He takes that job seriously and gives it more than required. He has gone out of his way to make himself accessible and check on neighbors to make sure they are doing okay in these tough times. He takes an active-listening approach to learn and determine the concerns of both his constituents and Burlingtonians as a whole. He listens and doesn’t try to force an agenda on anyone. I find that especially refreshing in these partisan times. I have confidence that Ali will make a great mayor and usher in a new era, making Burlington a more welcoming and prosperous place for everyone. Ali has my vote!

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.

Cleophace Mukeba - Burlington, VT

Cleophace Mukeba

Founder of the Vermont Ibutwa Iniative Inc., Member of the Governor’s Racial Equity Task Force

I have known the next Mayor of Burlington-Mr. Ali Dieng for more than 10 years.

This great American comes with a great deal of experiences which will make us all proud. As a father of two beautiful young girls and a great husband, the I first time met Ali at John J. Flynn Elementary School where he was impacting knowledge of Art of Drumming to our kids -my daughter including.

Ali believes in a Vermont beyond cultures, and a more welcoming, inclusive City of Burlington where people feel they belong. He is a great leader with contemporary ideas which will move Burlington forward.

I am supporting Ali for the Burlington Mayoral Office because he believes in each and every one of us, he is a good listener, understands people’s challenges and he is ready to lead us in these uncertain times.

His background as an immigrant, his immense experience working with parents and kids at Burlington School District and as a leader in Diversity Equity Inclusion Committee (City Counselor), with your help he will dismantle barriers of racism, will address health care disparities, will create jobs opportunities and affordable housing for all Burlingtonians.

Vote for Ali is a vote for Equality and Equity.

Mohamed Jafar - Burlington, VT

Mohamed Jafar

It is with absolute excitement that I am endorsing Ali Dieng for Mayor of Burlington. For as long as I’ve known Ali, he has been a role model for young boys and girls of color in the state of Vermont. I continue to support Ali because of his values, tenacity, courage and documented critique of where we are today. I am certain that Ali will bring a collaborative style of leadership to Burlington as we continue our efforts to combat social inequities and fill racial gaps. As we look at where we are today and as we continue to celebrate national milestones such as the election of Vice-President elect Kamala Harris, it is imperative that now more than ever, representation matters. I support Ali with confidence and I invite you to join me in supporting him. It’s time to be bold!

Steve Goodkind - Burlington, VT

Steve Goodkind

Former DPW Director and Burlington Mayoral Candidate

Forty years ago Burlington elected its last independent mayor, Bernie Sanders. This broke the stranglehold that the Democrats had on the mayor’s office. Bernie’s beliefs were left leaning, however, he governed the city from the middle and ushered in a period of political and economic growth. We find ourselves again faced with an entrenched administration in city hall that has a culture of dishonesty and secrecy designed primarily to be a stepping stone for the mayor’s political aspirations. It is time for another independent to take the reigns.

Ali Dieng is the right person at the right time to serve as mayor of Burlington. He is not aligned with any special interest groups or political party. He will put an end to the governance by optics and feel good , but not very effective, actions, He will put our well-being above his own political career. He will bring this city together, rather than tearing it apart. That is why I am all in for Ali Dieng for mayor.