Omar was previously a Des Moines City Council candidate in 2017.
According to reports:
Born in Somalia, the 28-year-old fled that country’s civil war in the 1990s, a deadly conflict that claimed the lives of his father, extended family members, and a brother. Omar lived in a refugee camp in Kenya before immigrating to the United States and growing up in Seattle.
He attended Iowa State University and has lived in Des Moines since 2012. Omar became highly involved in political organizing in 2016 while Trump threatened to impose a Muslim ban and refuse asylum for refugees. That made him ran for Des Moines City Council, advocating for a more just and equitable city. He ran as the first Somali, Muslim, refugee candidate in Des Moines.
Omar says that he will not only work to win for Sanders, but to complete a political revolution. According to reports, he stated:
On Bernie Sanders’ Iowa team, I’ll be working to not only win the caucus in February, but to complete a political revolution that started right here in Iowa back in 2016. This political revolution is close to my heart because it is about more than just winning an election, it is about transforming our political system into something more inclusive.
Where young Muslims have national leaders who support them. Where refugees see America as a place of opportunity, not xenophobia and hatred. Where working families don’t fear that their children might go hungry or without a good education
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