Farheen Hakeem is an educator, leader, and community organizer. After the tragedies of September 11, 2001, Farheen joined the antiwar movement, spurred by the poor decisions that our government was making. At the same time working as a teacher, she saw how resources from the local level were being drained while corporate interests were being expanded. These two experiences challenged her to examine the ways in which government fails the very communities it was created to serve.
Committed to making sure community voices are engaged in politics, she decided to "walk the talk" in 2005 and run for Mayor of Minneapolis. Farheen was the first Mayoral candidate endorsed by the Green Party and secured 14% of the primary vote.
Although she was not voted into office, the campaign launched her from a political no-name to a viable political leader in a few short months. Securing 14% as a third-party candidate also demonstrated the power of her grassroots organizing, as citizens put their support behind the candidate who offered a fresh message of community participation and government accountability.
Following the mayoral campaign, she heard from many supporters who urged her to remain in the political discussion and run again.
After living in the district for 11 years, and learning Senator Linda Berglin resigned, Farheen saw the opportunity to have community voices be recognized at State government. Farheen filed as the Green Party candidate for Minnesota State Senate for 61.
Farheen was born and raised on the north side of Chicago, with her two brothers from immigrant parents. Her parents were small business owners. She graduated from a public high school and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Oberlin College.
Farheen is also a foster parent and continues to volunteer as a youth leader.