By Samuel Bizen
I have known Sem Habtemariam since the early 2000s when I was in South Africa. He was one of the earliest Eritreans in America who spoke against tyranny and advocated for the rule of law, democracy, and human rights in Eritrea. It was his commitment to democracy and justice that brought the two of us together and it did not take us long to become friends. Although it was a long-distance friendship, his openness, honesty, and courage to speak the truth drew me to him. When he finally came to South Africa for a conference, we finally met in person, and I was pleased to find out that he was the same person I knew over the phone. What you see is what you get with Sem Habtemariam.
When I came to the US and got married, Sem and his wife Yodi, came all the way from Texas to attend our wedding in Washington DC. He is a good and loyal friend.
We have never stopped talking about books and the issues that matter to us. His passion and commitment for public service is only matched by is his love of ideas. He is an avid reader who averages about 1-2 books a week. He is somebody who can work with anyone and never fails to see the goodness in everyone. I have no doubt that Sem Habtemariam would serve the city of Carrollton, Texas, with distinction and unrivaled integrity. But more importantly, Sem is paving the way for our Eritrean-American community and he deserves our help.
I urge my fellow Eritrean Americans and Eritreans in the US to support his campaign. His victory will be our victory. The easiest and most effective way to help him is to donate to his campaign a small amount of money. No amount is too small. A donation of $5, $10, $25, $50…would take him a long way but all of us must do it.
To donate one must be either a US citizen or permanent resident. Please go to his website and click on the DONATE button and make your small contribution.
And follow him on social media and promote his campaign.
By Jeff Dalton
Municipal ’21…my work is almost done. Good luck to everyone running on this first day of voting. It’s kind of light out there, so please go vote! I have a few faves that I helped, but respect to anyone who stepped up. Fingers crossed for Curtis Cornelious, Jamell Johnson, Ed Moore, Elva Curl, Sem Habtemariam, Tennell Atkins and Carolyn King Arnold, and a few more.
By Adam Polter
Thank you so much councilmember Adam Polter – Carrollton City Council, Place 2 Adam Polter for putting the interest of our city first. I am very aware that this is a decision that you have arrived after a lot of thought and reflection. Almost three months ago, when a mutual acquaintance brought the two of us together, you were very clear that it is a good idea for me to run for city council but you made it clear that I would not have your endorsement, at least, not till you were convinced that I was the right person for the job. Nonetheless, you were very generous with your time and advice, and you over the course of time, you became my mentor and guide. I am a much better candidate and person because of your guidance and support. I have met so many good people who have embraced my candidacy and encouraged and supported me in the process but you were a God-sent. You have become a reliable friend, a confidante, a guide, a mentor and a big brother I didn’t know I had till I met you and came to know you well. Than you Adam Polter. It is my distinct pleasure and honor to receive your endorsement and I can hardly wait to serve our city alongside you.