About Suud Olat
My name is SuudOlat I am a candidate for Minneapolis city council ward 6
My story is an American story; I am an activist, community organizer and recipient
Of State of Minnesota Department of health and human service award for young leaders making changes in our communities.
Currently I am congressional district leader (CDL) for the ONE Campaign, a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, also board member of Film Aid International.
Facingviolence and civil war in Somalia while I was just few months old we fled to Kenya as refugees and faced tough and rough life for the next 20 years.
I am your neighbor SuudOlat and I want to represent you in the Minneapolis City Council ward 6 special election.
I came to the United States in 2012 after having lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for over two decades. My family and I received a warm welcome here,after rough, tough and hardship life in the camps. I’ll never forget the day I learned that I was among the lucky individuals granted admission to the United States.
Despite the harshconditions of the camp, I managed to go to school with the support of
My parents. Because they knew that education would be the key component that helps us overcome all the obstacles and the challenges ahead of us.
Becoming a U.S citizen and getting my Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from St. Cloud State is one of my biggest accomplishments here in Minnesota.
My lived experience from crippling poverty to my fulfilling life today has informed my perspectives on advocacy and leadership. In my community organizing work over the last
eight years, I have honed my servant leadership skills.
My community organizing in our beautiful state of Minnesota has given me the opportunity to listen firsthand to the concerns of families like yours and mine. This has only strengthened my desire to make real, meaningful change.
That is why I am running to represent Ward 6 in our great cityof Minneapolis. I have worked shoulder to shoulder with our leaders local state and national level when our current governor Tim Walz was in U.S House of Representatives.
I was working with Minnesota delegation our members of congress and U.S senators at the halls of Congress.
After I saw challenges at the community here in Minneapolis and last year Intense blaze in high-rise on the 14th floor of a Minneapolis Public Housing Authority building in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood that left five people dead inspired to make that decision and announce my candidacy to run to improve the lives of the residents in the ward, and my hoping to bring my global experience and advocacy to our local politics.