Sen. Patricia Torres Ray Endorses Ilhan Omar for 60B


February 15, 2016 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Sen. Patricia Torres Ray announced today that she is endorsing Ilhan Omar for the DFL nomination for Minnesota House District 60B.

"I support Ilhan Omar because I believe she is well prepared to speak for the needs and interests of the vast majority of residents of House District 60B,” said Sen. Torres Ray. “As a young candidate of color, Ilhan will inspire and mobilize students, marginalized community members, and other constituencies who are disengaged and frustrated with the political process. Her energetic personality and cultural identity will re-shape the outcome of the election. Electing Ilhan Omar to the Minnesota House will ensure strong and effective representation of hard working Americans at the State Legislature.”

Ilhan Omar responded, “I am honored and humbled to have received Sen. Torres Ray’s endorsement.  I admire her commitment to education. She supports Universal Pre-K, as do I. She understands the importance of improving our educational system so that we can close the opportunity gap and help students succeed. This is an important issue to me too. We must dedicate ourselves to ending the racial disparities that are so prevalent in our community and throughout the state.”

Ilhan, a progressive DFL activist, educator and policy analyst, is the Director of Policy and Initiatives for the Women Organizing Women (WOW) Network, which works to engage and empower East African women to take civic leadership roles and see themselves as leaders within their communities. She lives in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis with her husband and three children.

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