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Ilhan Omar

Running for State Representative
Ilhan Omar is an experienced policy analyst, community educator and advocate. She currently serves as the Director of Policy Initiatives at Women Organizing Women, where she empowers East African women to take civic leadership roles in their community. Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country's civil war when she was eight. The family spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to Minneapolis in 1997. Ilhan has focused on issues like paid parental leave, environmental sustainability, fair electoral practices, social and religious equality, and has even increased funding for urban and underprivileged areas and schools in the area.