The Lancaster City Council appointed a new city council member Dec. 5 to fill a seat recently vacated by Ismail Smith-Wade-El.
The City Council voted 4-1 in favor of Ahmed Ahmed. Council member Janet Diaz was the only council member to vote against Ahmed’s appointment. Council member Katherine Walsh was absent from the meeting.
The seat became vacant when Smith-Wade-El resigned on Nov. 7. Smith-Wade-El was recently elected to the Pa. House of Representatives.
In a Dec. 6 LinkedIn post, Ahmed said he was “still trying to find the words to describe this true honor of being appointed to Lancaster City Council last evening.” Ahmed’s appointment brings the city council back to seven members: four women and three men.
“I understand the work that needs to be done in ensuring all parts of this city are heard and I am committed to reaching out to those who feel underrepresented,” Ahmed said in the post. “I am dedicated to continue to build bridges and will hope to be a champion for all of us. This is only the beginning! Masha’Allah!”