The first Somali-American mayor of the United States, Deqa Dhalac, is bidding on Maine State House

South Portland Mayor Deqa Dhalac, left, is attending a celebration of World Refugee Day in Portland final month. Dhalac says she desires to be a voice in Augusta for immigrants and different marginalized communities.

South Portland Mayor Deqa Dhalac signed up late within the race for Maine House District 120 this week – and has the prospect to turn out to be the primary Somali-American elected state legislator.

Dhalac on Thursday received a Democratic caucus in South Portland, which was named after incumbent Democrat Victoria Morales withdrew from the race.

Morales supported Dhalac to take her place on the poll.

Dhalac, who was born in Somalia, stated she desires to be a voice in Augusta for immigrant communities.

“And also those who are marginalized, to see that there is someone who can be their voice at the state level,” she stated.

Morales has held the seat in South Portland State House for 2 phrases. But Morales, who can be chief government of the Quality Housing Coalition, stated it was troublesome to keep up legislative work on high of a full-time job and take care of his household.

She stated it’s a standard problem.

“It’s difficult for everyone who works, I think it’s just a message that I hope is somehow carried out that we really need to think about how to make the Legislative Assembly a equal branch of government, and that includes funding it, “she stated.

During his time within the Legislature, Morales targeted partly on points associated to legal justice reform and housing.

Dhalac made historical past final yr when she grew to become the primary Somali-American mayor within the nation.

She is one among two Somali-American ladies looking for seats within the State House this yr – the opposite being Mana Abdi, who’s operating for the District 95 seat in Lewiston.

Dhalac is resulting from meet Republican Michael Dougherty in November.

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