I first met Ali when he ran for the special election for the Ward 7 City Council seat when Tom Ayres moved to Randolph. His story was, and continues to be impressive and inspiring. I know that Ali will bring a degree of inclusiveness to Burlington city government that doesn’t exist. His work with students and parents have created a connection with our community which is unique and adds another perspective that no other candidate has. His eagerness to listen to and learn from the people of Burlington is what is needed now, and what has been lacking lately. His pragmatic approach to the police reform issue along with his willingness to confront racial biases is what I see as the strength of his candidacy above all others. Burlington is changing. We need to keep up and vote it forward.