We've made progress, but there's much more to accomplish
In the Sixth Ward, what makes us different makes us great. Our neighborhoods are the most diverse in the city, and as the Nation’s first Council Member of Somali decent, nothing makes me prouder than seeing residents and families from all backgrounds working and living together. It has been an incredible honor to serve each and every one of you these past three years.
But when you run for office, events sometimes develop that are outside of your control. The rise of Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric threatens our entire community. As a Muslim-American and as your Council Member, I believe I am in a unique position to stand up to bigotry and protect the rights of our new-American neighbors. Over the past three years, I have led the fight against discrimination in our city: increasing the capacity of the Civil Rights Department, defending our Latino neighbors worried about deportation, and joining with my fellow immigrant Council Members to give a voice to those who previously felt like outsiders in their own city.
During my first term, I delivered on the promises I made to Sixth Ward families. Now, I’m asking for your support so I can continue to fight for all Minneapolis residents.
Passed city-wide earned safe and sick time to ensure workers throughout Minneapolis have access to employment benefits that allow them to care for themselves and their loved ones.
Made significant investments in affordable housing providing some of our most vulnerable citizens with a safe space to stay.
Reached an historic agreement to fund community parks and city streets. We are maintaining our parks for the tens of thousands of kids, families, and residents of all ages who use them every year.
Supported small business and job growth for ward residents through establishment of a city small business office. We also created the nationally renowned Opportunity Center, which connects young people to educational and career opportunities.
Finally, we passed guarantees that increase city purchasing from small businesses owned by women and people of color.
We are stronger today than we were four years ago, but we have more work ahead. To improve our communities, we must stand together and:
Build on the progress we’ve made towards developing better community policing standards.
Pass a higher city-wide minimum wage.
Improve environmental regulations, such as the successful plastic bag ban that I co-authored and passed during my first-term.
Build a truly racially and economically just city.
I hope you will support me at your DFL Party Precinct Caucuses on April 4th and in the general election in November.
Ward 6 Councilmember
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The inspiration behind this campaign is a belief that together, we can do better.
We can build better schools; we can make our streets safer; we can commute better. It's conversations with our friends, family, and neighbors that will help us bring about an innovative, equitable, and inclusive Minneapolis where everyone has a chance to succeed.