Pious Ali seeks to become Portland’s first African-born, Muslim city councilor (2/12/16)

Less than three years ago, Pious Ali became the first African-born American Muslim elected to public office in Maine’s largest city by winning an at-large seat on the Portland Board of Public Education.

Now, Ali wants to become the first African-born American Muslim to sit on the Portland City Council, the legislative branch in a city nearly twice as large as any other in Maine.

Ali announced his candidacy this week to run for the at-large council seat currently held by Jon Hinck, a popular Democrat and former state lawmaker who has reportedly taken out nomination papers to run for state Senate.

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