Rep. Ilhan Omar’s open seat draws wide pack of DFLers

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State Rep. Ilhan Omar Opened The Door He Was Unable To Crack, Defeating 22-Term Incumbent Phyllis Kahn In 2016 And Becoming The First Somali-American Legislator In The U.S. So When Omar Decided To Run For Congress In A Last-Minute DFL Shake-Up, Noor Took His Third Shot At Representing The Minneapolis District That Includes The University Of Minnesota And Surrounding Neighborhoods, Like Cedar-Riverside And Prospect Park.

But He Was Not Alone. Seven Democrats Made The 11th-Hour Decision To Run In One The Most Left-Leaning Legislative Districts In Minnesota, Where The Aug. 14 Primary Will All But Determine Who Ends Up At The State Capitol.

Peter Wagenius, Policy Director For Former Mayors Betsy Hodges And R.T. Rybak, Has Also Launched A Campaign, Along With Neighborhood And Environmental Activist Cordelia “Corde” Pierson, Three Graduate Students And Real Estate Agent Mary Mellen.

It Is The Most Crowded House Primary Race In Minnesota, And Omar’s Late Departure Left Candidates With Just Two Months To Let Voters Know Who They Are.

“This Campaign Setting Puts A Premium On Strengthening The Relationships We Have And Building Relationships With The Community That We Might Not Have, And It Puts It All Into Hyperdrive,” Said Pierson, A Marcy-Holmes Resident Who Recently Stepped Down As Executive Director Of The Minnesota Environmental Fund.