There is a new leader in the Waltham Ward 6 City Council. Ugandan Sharline Nabulime was voted into office after a rainy election day beating Sean Durkee.
Collecting 384 votes to convert 56% of the total vote tally, Sharline Nabulime beat Sean Durkee who registered 299 votes. 21% percent of the registered Ward 6 voters who cast their votes, a total of 684 votes out of the 3,309 voters.
Waltham is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States of America.
41 year old Nabulime, a Ugandan who moved the USA over two decades ago, is a first-time candidate and the first African-American to win a city council seat in Waltham. She moved to the U.S.A after surviving two wars in Uganda.
She has worked as a home health care aide, supporting those with disabilities as well as seniors in the community for the time she has lived there.
Nabulime’s secret to winning this election has been the way she ran such a professional campaign, doing all the work required to win. She was spotted early in the morning on election day at one of the polling stations to act exemplary to the voters.
She has been described as the leader who carries drive, experience, and joy to the Council Chamber.
Her volunteers braved the rain on election day, standing through the rain while holding signs at assigned positions. She has had the support required and she convincingly won the seat in the council.
Could this be a breath of possibility for other Ugandans in the diaspora to take up the important positions in society?