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“Coming from South King County, where some environmental advocates say air pollution could arguably be contributing to shorter life expectancy rates, Mohamed said her office would plan to lead on environmental justice issues as well. “We need to be more intentional about how we’re going to reduce our carbon footprint,” she said.

Mohamed enters the race with endorsements from SEIU6 (janitors, security officers, airport passenger service workers) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.”

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Mohamed is currently a policy advisor for the King County Executive Office of Equity and Social Justice, where her job is to provide advisory and monitoring support to the $12 billion county budget to ensure it reduces disparities and advances equity. After the COVID-19 pandemic began, Mohamed helped lead an initiative to invest $1.5 million in a new market and cooperative housing development in Tukwila and she also managed the $3 million COVID-19 Community Response Fund that went directly to community-based organizations working with frontline workers. 

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Mohamed spearheaded an effort that created a partnership between local health authorities, Beyoncé and her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, to provide two days of free COVID-19 drive-thru testing this weekend in South King County. Knowles-Lawson launched the #IDIDMYPART initiative with her superstar daughter’s BeyGood foundation in April to promote and broaden testing in Black and brown communities in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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That was made possible because of Hamdi Mohamed, King County’s immigrant and refugee policy advisor, who got in contact with #IDIDMYPart because she had been “hearing from community members and local community health boards about the unequal access to and the stigmas of COVID-19 testing.”Racial bias in the medical field has contributed to many Black people distrusting our healthcare system, Mohamed explained to The Stranger.

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Nearly every merchant contacted in this story worked with Hamdi Mohamed as a translator. Mohamed is a community advocate and staffer for U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). Mohamed said the city never sent an interpreter to the center to speak with tenants in Somali… Mohamed said local governments often don’t get ahead of displacement and end up displacing communities while redeveloping areas. “It is intentionally displacing them, and this is something we’ve seen a lot of places in the country,” she said. “We need to be more thoughtful of what that process really looks like.”

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Hamdi Mohamed, broke down at the podium while talking about her visit to the detention facility. “We heard stories of mothers denied the opportunity to kiss or even say goodbye to their children,” she said, before apologizing for her tears. “Stay strong!” someone in the crowd shouted. Mohamed said she heard stories about “frigid temperatures, thin blankets, being forced into cages.”

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Hamdi Mohamed will be among the professional mentors present on July 15. She says her career started during her junior year of college at the University of Washington with an internship at OneAmerica, and she has stayed involved in social justice-oriented politics ever since. “As a black Muslim woman, I felt this obligation … to help my proud Muslim American community feel safe and respected, to make them feel like they had a place at the decision-making table,” she says—not something they often feel. And she definitely wants more Muslim faces and voices in media and in politics. “There aren’t a lot of people out there today that look like me, that are doing that type of work. We’re a minority in this space.”

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When she was 10 years old, Hamdi Mohamed watched her mother strap on a backpack and head to school for the first time to learn English. Even on school nights, they would stay up until midnight studying hundreds of civics questions for her mother’s U.S. citizenship test. Her mother would constantly remind Mohamed that when she turned 18, she too would be able to vote. Her mother’s passionate civic engagement has stuck with Mohamed, a Somalian refugee who immigrated to the United States when she was 3 years old.

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We have officially won our race for the Port of Seattle Commission with 53.21%, over 270,000 votes! Thank you to all the voters in King County for participating in our democracy.

This is history in the making! It's an amazing feeling to become the first Port Commissioner elected from South King County in decades, in the heart of the airport community, and the first Somali woman to be elected into office in Washington state.

As you know, I came to the U.S. as a three year old refugee, and one of our first ports of entry into America was Sea-Tac Airport. I believe, for our region to participate in a competitive global marketplace at our highest capabilities, we must be represented by the full breadth of our community. I am excited to bring my lived and professional experience to the Port of Seattle. As Commissioner, I will work hard to make sure all our voices are heard when it comes to reviving our economy and protecting the environment.

Thank you, King County, for your faith in me and in our campaign’s vision. Thank you to my incredible team of friends, advisors, donors, and volunteers — you made this possible. I love you all — WE DID IT! Now, I'm going to take a moment to rest and celebrate. Then, you know, back to work!
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Congratulations! I look forward to the Greta things you will bring to the Port.

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I’m so happy for you and honored to have helped you on your journey. People will truly never know the amount of work and the trials you endured to get here. I’m so proud to know you.

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As of tonight, we are officially ahead by 9,610 votes! 🎉Thank you for helping us show that the Port is the people who make it work. #Onwards #PortforthePeople ... See MoreSee Less

As of tonight, we are officially ahead by 9,610 votes! 🎉Thank you for helping us show that the Port is the people who make it work. #Onwards #PortforthePeopleImage attachment

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I saw the initial numbers two days ago and was bummed. So glad to see you’re ahead now! Voted for you, really hope this lead grows.

We knew the votes for you were on their way in Hamdi--never doubted it! Congratulations!

I could not vote for you as I live in another county but I am rooting for you in a big big way!! Zimbabwean love to you

Mashallah Congrats 👏 I know alot people doubted your campaign. This amazing

Insha Allah you will win Hamdi for Port of Seattle Commission, Position 3 you made us proud wlalo

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I was so glad to hear updated results this evening.

Hooray Hamdi!! I am so so excited!!

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Polls are about to close, so keep turning in those ballots! It is also a Team Hamdi Tuesday, however, so it’s time to feature a couple of the people who have been working so tirelessly reaching out to voters all over the county! Thank you Mario and Gabe for your hard work! ... See MoreSee Less

Polls are about to close, so keep turning in those ballots! It is also a Team Hamdi Tuesday, however, so it’s time to feature a couple of the people who have been working so tirelessly reaching out to voters all over the county! Thank you Mario and Gabe for your hard work!

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These guys are on all the best teams 🙂

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IT’S TIME TO VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Polls close at 8PM tonight — use the link below to find your nearest ballot box 🗳 Let’s bring new leadership to Port of Seattle! #TeamHamdi #PortforthePeople

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IT’S TIME TO VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Polls close at 8PM tonight — use the link below to find your nearest ballot box 🗳 Let’s bring new leadership to Port of Seattle! #TeamHamdi #PortforthePeople  https://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

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We are less than 36 hours away from ballot boxes closing! Have you completed your voting checklist? Tag your friends to remind them to vote!  RESOURCES:
Find your nearest Vote Center: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/vote-centers.aspx
Print and fill your ballot: https://sites.omniballot.us/53033/app/ob/vr
Find your nearest ballot box: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx
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