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NIAGARA FALLS – Saladin Q. Allah, a member of the Green Party, announced this week that he is running for Niagara County legislator in the 4th District, a central Niagara Falls seat now represented by Democrat Owen T. Steed.

Steed is running for his second term.

Allah, 38, said he is running to promote his plans to expand youth outreach, increase community alliances, promote neighborhood safety and crime prevention, and develop a “local living economy.”

Allah said he is running on the Green Party line but also wants to force a Democratic primary through a process known as an opportunity to ballot.

He said he has applied to change his party registration to Democrat. Once changed, “I will still embrace the principles and platform of the Green Party,” he said.

The Niagara Falls native attended Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, as a therapeutic recreation major. He said he has been working in community youth mentoring programs for more than 15 years.

“We need leadership that understands that a seat and a voice at the table is still not enough. We need leadership with an activist spirit, someone with an actual agenda and work ethic to help transform our collective quality of life,” Allah said.