Ilhan Omar thanks voters for electing her to Congress
Somali Arab American Ilhan Omar thanks voters and Arab and Muslim community for helping her win Democratic Primary in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Omar could be the most popular Muslim Arab woman in Congress. Omar will be sworn into office in January 2019 along with Rashida Tlaib, who also won the Democratic Primary election for Congress in Michigan’s 13th District
Ilhan Omar has been declared the winner of the primary election in the race for Congress to represent Minnesota’s Fifth District.
She will be the DFL candidate on the ballot for the November 6 general election.
“Tonight we are celebrating because we engaged and empowered our community and we won!” exclaimed Ilhan Omar, Democratic Candidate for the 5th Congressional District in Minnesota.
“Our campaign staff, our volunteers, and the people of the Fifth Congressional District are the inspiration we need to get up every day and fight for a democracy that guarantees a more just and equitable society. Together, each and everyone of us are the inspiration we need to keep fighting for a democracy that gets us closer to the American promise of prosperity for all and the hope for a better tomorrow. The inspiration we need to keep fighting for the America we deserve. Together, we will move our district, our state and our nation forward.”
As the first refugee elected to Congress (and the second Muslim woman after Rashida Tlaib of Michigan), Ilhan will bring a unique perspective and new energy to our nation’s capital. She will fight for working families so they are paid a living wage and have access to affordable housing and healthcare; for students to make college more affordable and debt forgiveness for those struggling to repay education loans; for immigrants and refugees to stop family separations, abolish ICE, and protect DACA.
Ilhan’s grassroots campaign for Congress focused on engaging, empowering and uplifting the voices of our community. Since announcing her candidacy in early June, Ilhan, her team, and more than 1,000 volunteers reached out to over 100,000 voters in every neighborhood of the Fifth Congressional District.
“The positive response we received on the phone and at the doors was so inspiring,” said Campaign Manager Joelle Stangler.
“People want to see Ilhan in Congress because she is the bold. Progressive voice we need. She has the hope and resolve to win the tough fights we face.”
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