Pious Ali endorsed by city councilors, state representatives
At a City Hall press conference yesterday, Portland school board member Pious Ali’s campaign for an at-large city council seat announced a set of new endorsements, including current and former city council members and state legislative officials and candidates. Ali was previously endorsed by all eight of his fellow school board members in his race against incumbent city councilor Jon Hinck.
“I am supporting Pious as a man who is thoughtful, considers the facts in decision making, and is patient enough to achieve the very best for the City of Portland,” said Representative Dick Farnsworth.
Other endorsers include current city council members Jill Duson and Ed Suslovic, state representatives Mark Dion and Diane Russell, former city councilors Dave Marshall and Dory Ann Waxman and state legislative candidates Rachel Talbot Ross and Mike Sylvester.
On Monday, Ali also received the endorsement of the Maine People’s Alliance, a statewide progressive community action organization.
“Pious Ali is the progressive voice that we need on the Portland City Council. He is a proven leader in and is on the right side of issues affecting immigrants, refugees, and others who need the strong support of the community. Let’s take this opportunity to strengthen the City Council and elect Pious Ali!” said Marshall.
“I am deeply honored to have the support of so many respected fellow public servants,” said Ali. “I look forward to working them if elected to deepen the city council’s engagement with all of Portland’s communities, address the rising costs of housing, rebuild our neighborhood schools, and lift wages for all workers.”
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