Mohamed Farah Ward 9

Early life – the beginning of an American Dream

In a world struck by divisiveness and fear of the future, Minneapolis can stand strong as a place of opportunity, life, and refuge for all people. Ward 9 needs a council member who can protect and promote that vision. From his early life fleeing war-torn Somalia to his current home in the Midtown Phillips neighborhood, Mohamed Farah is a leader who will do just that.

Farah’s awareness and concern for his community began at a very young age. As a child, he fled Somalia with his family to the largest refugee camp in the world, Dadaab, Kenya. Through hard work and an unrelenting vision for a better life, Mohamed and his family were able to relocate permanently to the United States. After a brief period in New York, the Farahs moved to Minneapolis in 1999.

Mohamed pursued his education while mentoring his peers and giving back to his community. After graduating from high school, Mohamed earned a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Hennepin Technical College and later a degree in Manufacturing Management from the University of Minnesota.

Giving back

Raised in a working-class family by a single mother, Mohamed has always felt a close connection to challenges facing the working poor and those aspiring for a brighter future. Mohamed continued to witness the challenges Minneapolis youth were facing, particularly with self-destructive behavior and dropping out of school. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Mohamed started looking for a solution with other concerned neighbors.

The answer they came up with was Ka Joog, a Twin Cities organization devoted to helping youth succeed in higher education and providing community-based, culturally specific programs and services to youth and their families. As one of the founding members and current Executive Director of the organization, Mohamed has been a visionary leader and devoted member in the community. He works tirelessly to enrich the lives of youth and their families through education, mentoring, employment opportunities, and the arts.

Farah’s leadership has gained national and international attention. He has personally met with President Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton along with representatives of the Swedish, Canadian, and Kenyan governments to discuss his creation of a platform to provide a voice and leadership opportunities to young people.

Ka Joog has received local and national awards for its accomplishments, including the City of Peace Award, Somali-American Community Appreciation Award, the Youth Leadership of the Year Award by the City of Minneapolis Ward 9, and the U.S. Congressional Records award in honor of “… its contributions to the Somali community of Minnesota through art, education, and political action.”

Why I’m Running

I am running for the City Council Ward 9 because I believe that with my skills, knowledge, leadership, and experience, I can enrich the quality of life for my fellow community members within Ward 9. The City Council needs to provide for the safety and prosperity of the entire community, and our current council member’s advocacy for us has fallen short of what we deserve.

There is a better path for the people of Ward 9 – a path that is inclusive, a path that empowers and assists business owners, a path that includes safe neighborhoods, and builds trust and cohesiveness between neighbors for the sake of our children and our future.

This is my promise to you: I will fight for the people of Ward 9 like I have for my family and for Ka Joog. I will not rest until we tackle critical issues facing our young families and youth.

As President Obama said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Join me, and be the change we seek for our city.