My name is Osman. I am a father, husband, community member, and I am running for State Representative in District 62A. I am very passionate about public service, and it would be an honor to earn your support. I would love to tell you a little bit of my story and learn about you.
I was born in the East African country of Somalia. After war broke out, I moved to a refugee camp in Kenya. I came to Minnesota when I was sixteen with no formal education and no knowledge of the English language. I enrolled in public high school as a 9th grader, graduated in the top 10% of my high school class, and went on to earn a dual degree in political science and global studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Afterwards, I received my Masters in Education from Augsburg University.
My community organizing work began in high school: I doorknocked for the Affordable Care Act in 2010 when it was not popular, protested big insurance companies, and had conversations with policymakers about Minnesota’s devastating opportunity gaps that lead to devastating achievement gaps, some of the worst in our nation. Over my 15-year career, I’ve worked on policy at the local, state, and federal levels. I have worked for and alongside progressive leaders such as Congressman Keith Ellison and former US Senator Al Franken. I have also served as an Outreach Director for US Senator Tina Smith. I am passionate about community and believe I have concrete, progressive, and achievable goals for 62A.
I am running for Representative of Minnesota House District 62A because simply put, I care deeply about my community. I am grateful for the opportunities this country and public education have provided me. I want to give back. After spending more than a decade as a grassroots organizer, public servant, and government employee at the local, state, and federal levels, my community is asking me to lead and I am ready to step up as our next leader.