Ilhan Omar won the Minnesota House Elections on Tuesday, making her the representative of District 60B Minneapolis.
In August Ilhan Omar won the primaries for a legislative position in Minnesota. She beat long time formidable politician, Phyllis Kahn, a 44-year old who has represented District 60B Minneapolis constituency for 22 terms.
Omar has become first Somali-American Muslim legislator in American history. She has become a model for immigrants, Muslims and African women in America.
“Tonight is the culmination of more than a year of hard work. I am so proud of this win because District 60B represents Minnesota at its finest. My neighbors, and everyone here in this room, represent what we as a nation want to be: united in our diversity.”
“Throughout this campaign those divisions have started to melt away. People are starting to see themselves as part of a community.”
“Tonight, we are celebrating this win, our win. But our work won’t stop. We will continue to build a more prosperous and equitable district – state, and nation – where each and every one of us has opportunities to thrive and move forward together.”
Ilhan Omar is an experienced policy analyst, progressive DFL activist, coalition builder and community educator. Omar is also the director of policy at Women Organizing Women Network, an organization dedicated to pushing East African women in to positions of civic leadership.
With co-operation of 400 volunteers including her student supporters, Ilhan campaign made progress as the team went door to door and through phone calls connected over 100,000 voters.
Report says that about 900 donors supported Ilhan’s campaign with donations from $1 up to $1,000.
In the course of her campaign, rumors and speculations over her marital status nearly smeared the race but the African by decent clarified the misconception in an official statement and was back on track.
Omar lives with Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her three children, but is legally married to another man, with whom she says she is in divorce proceedings.
After her win in the primary elections in August, and her GOP opponent suspended his campaign, Omar and her campaign team kept working to get out the vote for other DFL candidates.
Omar says it is her desire to help women entrepreneurs, pursue criminal justice reform, and ensure clean air and water in her constituency.