I hope you are enjoying this lovely weather. I want to take a moment to let you know about some things that are happening this month.
First, as some of you may know, Ramadan started today. For those of you who may not be familiar with this, Ramadan is one of the “five pillars” of Islam and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint and generosity. For 30 days, my family, along with other Muslims around the world, will abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.
This year, Ramadan falls between June 6 – July 5. If you would like to learn a little more,click here. If you’re non-Muslim and would like to fast along with me (for a day or perhaps longer) I’d love to hear about your experience – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d also like to extend an invitation to you to join me, other Muslims and members of my campaign staff, for an Iftar event on Saturday, June 18 at 8pm. Iftar is the meal that is eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan. We will have a brief presentation about Ramadan and then at 9:02 pm when the sun sets, we will share a meal together
This is my first time as a candidate running for office during Ramadan. I will continue my campaign, but will not be able to attend as many events. One thing I will miss this year is participating in the Twin Cities LGBTQ Pride Parade, but I do hope to attend the festival in Loring Park.
In other news, I am excited to announce that CBS Religion & Culture was in town recently to interview me for a story they are working on about Religion and Democracy. The show is slated to begin airing nationally on June 26. We intend to schedule a viewing party once we know when it will be shown locally.
One final thing: In-person early voting begins June 24 so mark you calendar now. Click here for more information.
Our campaign team and volunteers will continue to hold regular phonebanks and doorknocks each week and we would love for you to join us!
With your support, I know that we can win!
The 2016 primary election is August 9. If you live in District 60-B, click here to register for an absentee ballot now.
Ilhan is endorsed by:
Senator Scott Dibble
Senator Patricia Torres Ray
Minneapolis City Council Members Lisa Bender, Alondra Cano, Andrew Johnson
Former Mayor & DNC Vice Chair R.T. Rybak
OutFront Minnesota Action
African American DFL Caucus
DFL Feminist Caucus
Minnesota Young DFL
Somali-American DFL Caucus
Minneapolis School Board Members Carla Bates, Kim Ellison, Josh Reimnitz
Former Chair, Minneapolis School Board Richard Mammen
Former Minneapolis School Board Member Jill Davis
Minnesota Student Association President Joelle Stangler & President Elect Abeer Syedah
Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Brad Bourn
Minneapolis Board of Taxation and Estimation Board Member Carol Becker
Minneapolis NAACP President & St. Thomas Professor Nekima Levy Pounds
St. Louis Park Council Member Anne Mavity
St. Paul Public School Board Members Zuki Ellis, Steve Marchese
Jordan Anderson, Kyra Brown, Audrey Callahan, Carter Christensen , William Dane, Alaina Friedrich, Ann Gilbert, Deneen Hanzlik, Bob Hulteen, Amber Jones, Nicholas Kor, Brooke Magid-Hart, Lulete Mola, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Charlie Parker, Jordan Parshall, Felicia Philibert, Cordelia Pierson, Matthew Ogbeifun, Pete Rode, Anne Hibbard, Noah Shavit-Lonstein, Amy Shellabarger, Eva Shellabarger, Michael Stoesz, Kyle Smestad, Lecia Stock, Jason Sole
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Liz Loeb, Treasurer
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