The 2019 Elections Broke Barriers Around the Country
Here are some of the candidates celebrating historic wins after the elections.
Candidates around the country broke barriers during this week’s elections, winning seats and making the U.S. government more diverse at both the federal and state level.
Safiya Khalid became the first Somali American elected to city council in Lewiston, ME.
“It didn’t hit me yet, but it feels great,” she said after her win. “You know, I’m the first to graduate high school from my family, the first to graduate college from my family.”
Regina Romero from Tucson, AZ became the first Latinx woman elected as mayor of one of America’s largest 50 cities.
“It says that Tucson’s ready for a qualified elected official to become the first woman mayor of the city of Tucson,” she said. “I think Tucson was ready for this.”
Virginia elected its first two Muslim women in state history. Ghazala Hashmi won a seat in the state’s Senate, helping Democrats get control of the statehouse for the first time in more than two decades. Hashmi immigrated to the U.S. from India as a child and said she was motivated to run after Trump’s travel ban. Abrar Omeish, 24, won a spot on the Fairfax County School Board, which also makes her the youngest woman ever elected in Virginia.
After the state-level elections, Democrats took control of both the Virginia House and Senate on Tuesday.
Rasheen Aldridge Jr. became St. Louis’ youngest elected official. He is a former member of the Ferguson Commission and advocates for the Fight for $15, a political movement calling for a higher federal minimum wage.