Twin Cities Women Challenge Political Status Quo as Mayoral Candidates

August 11, 2005

Source: Pulse of the Twin Cities

On August 11, 2005 the Pulse of the Twin Cities reported, "Minnesota may be a blue state, edging ever closer to red status, but as the September 13 primary approaches, Twin Cities voters will be seeing Green. This year Green Party Minnesota has endorsed two candidates for mayor: Farheen Hakeem in Minneapolis and Elizabeth Dickinson in St. Paul. Both women are first-time mayoral candidates and long-time social advocates... [Throughout the course of her campaign,] Hakeem has had to wage a public relations campaign to combat racial stereotyping. Because of her appearance, Hakeem says people assume she’s 'a foreigner' and constantly ask, 'Where are you from?' 'I counted during Pride weekend – I got asked that question 67 times.' She chalks it up to ignorance and increased scrutiny of Arabs and Arab-Americans in a post-9-11 world... Is Minneapolis ready for a feisty, quick-witted intellectual Muslim mayor? Maybe or maybe not, but Hakeem’s candidacy in the race—and her candidness about race—sure make for interesting politics."