ST. PAUL (Dec. 2, 2011) — On Thursday night, TakeAction Minnesota members voted to endorse Mohamud Noor for State Senate (SD 59) and Susan Allen for State Representative (HD 61B) in special election races whose primaries will be held this Tuesday.
Noor won with 62 percent on the second ballot, beating out four other candidates in a competitive contest to secure TakeAction’s endorsement. Allen won with 92 percent on the first ballot, besting opponent Nathan Blumenshine.
Should they win, both Noor and Allen are poised to make Minnesota political history. Noor would be the first Somali-American elected to the state legislature who would represent a city that is home to the nation’s largest population of Somalis. Allen, would become the first Native American woman elected to the legislature, representing South Minneapolis which boasts the largest urban Native population in the country.
Dan McGrath, TakeAction Minnesota’s Executive Director, was energized by the member endorsements.
“Mohamud Noor and Susan Allen are exciting candidates who will bring a much needed new perspective to our state legislature and help to create real progressive change once they take office,” McGrath said, adding that the organization’s role is to develop new leaders who will challenge the status quo and create space to move a bold progressive agenda. “Noor and Allen are exactly the kind of leaders we need to help guide our state as it continues to diversify and works to overcome some really significant economic and racial disparities.”
By all accounts, Allen is expected to win Tuesday’s primary. However, Noor faces a battle in a highly competitive five-way contest. But as the only union member in the race, and an immigrant success story who understands what is needed to make sure the opportunities he was extended continue for future generations, Noor is uniquely positioned.
TakeAction Minnesota holds significant political strength in the two Minneapolis districts, with over fifteen-hundred members in Senate District 59 and over eight-hundred in 61B. Both are among its most member-dense districts in the state. TakeAction’s backing of Noor, along with other organizations who have endorsed his candidacy — including MAPE, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, and Stonewall DFL Caucus — will provide significant momentum as he heads into the final weekend.
TakeAction Minnesota is a growing statewide organization made up of 14,000 individual members and 23 organizational members working in coalition to advance social, racial and economic justice.