Office / Campaign Experience
Co-Chair, Green Party of the United States, 2005 Mayor of Minneapolis 14% (third among 12), 2006 Hennepin County Commissioner 33% (17,000 votes), 2008 State Legislature 61B 30%
Available to speak on the following subjects
Women in Politics, Muslims in Politics, Youth and Civic engagement, Low income families and ending poverty, Grassroots campaigning, Civil Rights, Education
Farheen Hakeem was elected as Co-chair to the National Green Party in August of 2009, making her the highest-ranking Muslim woman political officer in any political party in the United States.
Farheen Hakeem has participated in the Green Party since 2002, knocking on doors for a Green Party-endorsed gubernatorial candidate. In 2004, she was campaign manager for a congressional candidate who received about 6 percent of the vote (approx. 18,000). Farheen ran for Mayor of Minneapolis in 2005, being the only Green-endorsed candidate ever in the race. Of the 12 candidates in the race, Farheen was the only woman, where she finished in 3rd place. The following year, Farheen ran for Hennepin County Commissioner where she earned 30 percent of cast votes (approx. 17,000). At that time a documentary was filmed about the campaign, which received a Student Emmy Award.
In 2007, Farheen Hakeem was elected as a GPUS delegate and was one of the founding members of Minnesotans for McKinney. Farheen left the group, however, to run for State Representative where she came in second earning 30 percent of the vote, while the Democrat received 60 percent and the Republican received only 10 percent. Currently, Farheen Hakeem is a campaign manager for Jeanine Estimé, Green Party-endorsed candidate for City Council. Farheen recruited 2 out of the 6 candidates for city elections this year, both of whom are people of color and one of whom is a woman.
Contact information for Green Speakers
Starlene Rankin - 916-995-3805
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