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Farheen Hakeem for Senate District 61

For more information, please contact Sarah Younus at 612-354-2960.

For immediate release: September 11, 2011

Farheen Hakeem unanimously endorsed by Green Party.

Ten years after the tragedies of September 11th, the Green Party made history by endorsing a Muslim woman, in hijab, as a candidate for the Senate District 61 special election on October 18, 2011.

Farheen Hakeem, twice elected National Co-chair of the Green Party of the United States, has entered the race for the open seat held by Senator Linda Berglin. “This is a pivotal moment in electoral politics and Green Party history in South Minneapolis,” states Hakeem.

Unlike the Senate District 61 DFL local party, whose endorsement was based on a vote of its Central Committee, the Senate District 61 Green Party actually had all members vote for the endorsement. Hakeem says, “After witnessing the slipping of DFL power in the legislature, and a government shutdown, people are ready for a third party at Minnesota’s State Capitol.”

Farheen Hakeem received 30% of the vote in 2008, running in an open seat held by Representative Neva Walker, and received 33% of the vote running against Peter McLaughlin for County Commissioner in 2006. Senate District 61 contains all of City Ward 6, majority of City Ward 8, half of City Ward 9, only 2 precincts of City Ward 10.

For more information contact Sarah Younus at 612-354-2960