I am a first-generation Somali-American, born in the Bronx, New York to parents who immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s. My humble upbringing has shown me that while achieving the American Dream is not always easy, it can be done with patience, hard work, and dedication.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural and Applied Sciences with a concentration in Biology of Health & Illness, as well as a Master of Public Health degree. My career has been in the mental health field, and I currently work as a Disability Case Manager with diverse populations. Assisting Minnesotans and their families with overcoming the daily challenges of their lives has helped me better understand the barriers that citizens of Senate District 55 face in accessing quality, affordable healthcare. That is why I am a member of the Scott County Local Advisory Council for Mental Health—to advocate for my neighbors.
Locally, I am an active parent in the Shakopee School District with a daughter who attends Red Oak Elementary School and is a member of the Shakopee Girls Basketball Association. In an effort to help bring residents of different backgrounds together, I also served on the Shakopee Diversity Alliance from 2017-2018. Supporting our diverse community, working towards accessible healthcare for all, and ensuring high-quality education at all levels are of utmost importance to me.
Why I’m Running
We need better representation in the senate, and we need a senator who will not let partisan politics get in the way of constituents’ needs and health. As your state senator I will advocate for the needs of District 55 residents.
My work in the mental health field has particularly inspired me to fight for what’s right. Because of limited resources, it’s often difficult for patients to access quality healthcare and to find mental health providers who are culturally competent. I believe everyone deserves access to quality healthcare and to live in a community that prioritizes public health. I’m also committed to fighting for what’s right when faced with the issues of college graduates unable to find jobs due to being “over-qualified,” racial inequalities in education and the workforce, lack of affordable housing, environmental and public health challenges, and a growing need for improved infrastructure including additional bus rapid transit lines.
I’m committed to representing the constituents of District 55 and working to make our great community even stronger.
What I Represent
We need better representation in the Minnesota Senate—someone who will not allow partisan politics to get in the way of the needs of District 55 residents. We have constituents who can’t access necessary healthcare, college graduates returning home to learn they are “over-qualified” for work, and racial inequalities creating barriers to academic success. My efforts in Minnesota will be to serve the residents of Senate District 55 first, bring people together for the common good, and advocate for the needs of our communities.