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Black Lives Matter Leader Will Run for Winooski City Council


  • File: Matthew Thorsen
  • Ebony Nyoni
The founder of Black Lives Matter Vermont is on track for a seat on the Winooski City Council.

Ebony Nyoni submitted the necessary signatures to meet the filing requirements, Winooski city manager Jessie Baker confirmed Wednesday morning, ahead of a 4:30 p.m. deadline.

The racial justice activist is unopposed for a seat on the council that serves the 7,100-person city adjacent to Burlington.

Nyoni filed a petition to run Monday but was nine names short of the 50 registered voters needed. Her campaign submitted an additional 17 signatures Wednesday morning; 15 were validated as registered Winooski voters, Baker said.

The election takes place on Town Meeting Day, March 6.

Correction, February 1, 2018:  At least one African American has previously held a seat on the Winooski City Council: Nicodemus McCollum served from 1970 to 1972. A previous version of this story contained an error.

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