Dr. Rita Ali is one of 15 candidates vying for a seat on Peoria City Council in 2019.
There are five at-large positions up for election in April, and Ali believes she is qualified to take one of them. In 2017, Ali lost to fifth district councilman Dennis Cyr by one vote. The at-large seats represent all districts in the city.
“I am a bridge builder,” said Ali. “It’s going to take somebody who can draw support from people with differences and bring everybody together in a unified strategy.”
Tuesday, Ali shared her thoughts on a variety of topics with Eugene Daniel on WMBD News at Four. Ali answered questions about education, economic reform, police and fire and diversity.
Ali believes the community must accept and address diversity issues in the area. The city of Peoria has ranked in the top five for worst cities for African-Americans, according to studies by 24/7 Wall Street. Ali, Vice President of Diversity, International and Adult Education at Illinois Central College, believes the city should focus on disparities in the workforce, among others.
“We have to accept reality that we have great disparity between one side of the city and people who live on the other side,” said Ali.
The primary will take place on February 26, 2019.