WCSH-TV covered the swearing-in ceremony Dec. 5 of Pious Ali, a community outreach specialist for USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, as a Portland City Councilor.
Ali became the first African-born city councilor in Portland history.
"This afternoon, he shared with NEWS CENTER a little bit of what winning the at-large seat means for him and the city of Portland," reporter Tory Ryden said. "Ali admits he was humbled, excited and a little bit nervous taking the oath at city hall. He shared the thoughts that raced through his mind."
"How did I get here and what does the future look like? The responsibilities that I will carry on my shoulders," Ali said.
Ali won the at-large seat by a landslide, taking 62 percent of the vote in a three-way race.
"'I think it's also a reflection of who we are as a city," he told the reporter. "I have tremendous support from people all over the city. You saw the numbers, and so what is it that people call it? "It's a reflection of the values of the city."
See the full story here at WCSH6.com.