Mohamud Jama, a Somali immigrant, is running for Ohio House of Representatives in District 25.
Jama came to the United States in 1999 as a refugee.
Jama says that he running to represent the immigrant community. He claims that immigrants have no voice in the political process. According to reports, Jama said:
I saw the need to represent the immigrant community in the Ohio House of Representatives. We need representation, someone who understands their needs, someone they can relate to.
Jama says that his strategy is to get the votes of “new Americans.”
Jama’s campaign strategy is two-pronged: First, tackle the deeply ensconced apathy in the immigrant community by convincing New Americans to go out and vote. Part of the challenge would be unveiling for them to see and embrace the value of political representation for the collective immigrant community.
Second, funnel lessons learned from working in the trenches for other people’s campaigns into his own run.
On Jama’s Facebook page it states:
Mohamud Jama is dedicated to advocating for the New Americans in Central Ohio. His advocacy includes developing education and mobilization campaigns for New Americans and serving as a voice for change with the elected leadership in Central Ohio. Mohamud currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Franklin County Democratic Party. In addition, he is one of the founding members of the New American Advisory Council. Mohamud grew up in Mogadishu, Somalia. The son of a businessman, he learned the value of hard work and community participation at an early age. After nearly nine years as a refugee in Kenya, Mohamud immigrated to the United States. Mohamud holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University as well as an Associate of Science in Computer Science from Columbus State Community College. A small business owner, Mohamud remains dedicated to working to improve the lives of New Americans in Central Ohio.
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