Two Muslim teenagers have made history in Connecticut after winning their respective elections for the Hamden Board of Education and the Hamden Town Council, preparing for new roles in setting policy and making budget decisions in the city.
Mariam Khan and Abdul Osmanu, both 19, won their elections on November 2 after running on Democratic ticket in the town of 61,000 residents.
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“WE DID IT! Here’s to continuing the work in community and in solidarity as Hamden’s youngest elected official and first Pakistani and Muslim Board of Education member,” Khan wrote on Instagram after her victory was announced, People.com reported.
“Thank you to all those who donated, volunteered, canvassed, and pollstood for JAM this season. More updates coming soon!”
Osmanu is a junior at Southern Connecticut State University. He will serve on the Hamden Town Council as the first Muslim member of the city’s legislative body.
Mariam Khan, a sophomore at Yale University, will serve on the Hamden Board of Education, where she will be its first Muslim and Pakistani member.
Osmanu was first involved in advocacy at the age of 17 when he ran for a spot on the town’s Democratic town committee.
“When I was in my first election, I was three months into being 18,” he told Insider. “The first time I voted, my name was on the ballot.”
Khan too has previously served as a student representative on the Hamden Board of Education.
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