It may not have been the blue wave that some had predicted, but Democrats made significant gains nationally and across the state of Minnesota.
The overall voter turnout was about 22.7 percent, the highest percentage since 1994, according to Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State. More than 100,000 people either voted early or submitted absentee ballots, helping make the 902,119 statewide votes the most in a primary since 1982. Minneapolis also broke its 48-year-long record with 93,500 votes.
The way he handled the filing on June 5th—on the last day of filing—was unfair to the people of the 5th Congressional District.
The 5th District deserves the best candidate possible for the job and, right now, I don’t see where Omar, Jamal Abdulahi, Margaret Kelliher, or Patricia Torres Ray are the best options. Omar, for one, has been invisible as a State Representative. Let her first show her mettle in the job she was elected to in 2016.
In the last election, Minnesota saw a significant increase in the representation of Africans and African Americans in several branches of government. This included the election of St. Paul’s first Black mayor, as well as three new Black members of the Minneapolis City Council and strong representation on school and park boards.
MN Rep. Ilhan Omar is among those named Newly elected Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar is among 100 African women named to a new “100 Women” list released earlier this month in honor of Women’s History Month. Omar is listed among such celebrities as actress Issa Rae and model Iman, “major forces” and “lesser-known power […]