While visiting Ghana recently, Pious Ali took time for a TV interview, hosted by Trust TV. The topic was his journey from private citizen to well-respected elected official. Ali, the first African-born Muslim American to be elected to public office in Maine, spoke about leadership, and his firm belief that elected officials should serve the people. He was first elected to the Portland Board of Public Education in 2013, and then to the Portland City Council in 2016. He is Chair of the Housing and Economic Development Committee and a member of the Legislative/Nominating Committee. He is currently the longest-serving member on the Council. His term expires in 2022.