My name is Aisha Gomez.
I’m a Southsider, an organizer, an environmentalist, a public servant, and a mom. I’m running to be your state representative for District 62B because I believe our district deserves a representative that will work, with, and for the community. I have a unique lived experience and community connections that will allow me to connect movement work to electoral politics to achieve concrete wins for our community.
For seven years, we’ve been lucky to have a champion, in Representative Susan Allen, who deeply cares about the needs of the people in district 62B. Given the times we are in, it is imperative that we keep fighting to grow and strengthen Susan’s progressive legacy at the Capitol. I hope to continue her legacy.
I never thought I would run for office. Growing up on the Southside, as a mixed-heritage woman attending South High School, my elected officials were never people who reflected the struggles of my family or friends. I am running not just to bring my voice to the capitol, but to welcome all of the people in our district to join me at the table there.
Over the past four years, I have been working inside City Hall fighting for the people of the Ninth Ward. My experience as a Senior Policy Aide with Council Member Alondra Cano and more than a decade of environmental justice advocacy work with State Representative Karen Clark have given me the tools to turn the demands of our communities into concrete policy solutions. I am honored to have worked with so many of you to pass a $15 per hour minimum wage ordinance, paid sick and safe time for Minneapolis workers, recognizing Indigenous People’s Day, and helping to usher in a 20-year funding plan for our parks and streets.
The people in this district have real needs. Affordable housing, safe streets, quality education for our children. Life or death issues, that most people at the capitol don’t really understand, but impact so many people in our state. Those people are my people. That’s why I’m running. I understand, because I have lived through struggle. I’ve had friends and family impacted by mass incarceration, poverty and the opioid crisis. I’ve had neighbors struggle to access healthcare and children deal with the health ramifications of pollution. I’ve watched my five year old son grow quickly, in a world where boys like him don’t have an equal chance at success.
I’m running because I imagine a world where all people have an equal chance at success. I ask for your support on Tuesday’s caucus night so we can create that world, together.