Don Samuels will oppose Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar

The Federal Election Commission filing shows Samuels registered his campaign as “Neighbors for Samuels” on March 8.

MINNEAPOLIS — A new filing with the Federal Election Commission shows that Don Samuels, a longtime community activist and former Minneapolis City Council member, has registered with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to oppose Rep. Ilhan Omar in the Democratic primary for the 5th congressional district later this year.

Samuels has yet to officially announce his candidacy.

The March 8 FEC filing shows Samuels, 72, reportedly running as a member of the Democrat-Farmer-Labour party in a bid to unseat two-time incumbent Omar. Documents filed by the FEC also show that Samuels’ campaign is officially registered as “Neighbors for Samuels.”

Samuels recently made headlines in the 2021 municipal election, leading the charge to replace the Minneapolis Police Department. At the time, the Northside community leader and public safety advocate said his community was “not happy with the status quo”.

The Jamaican-born politician moved to the United States to study art and, after building a successful career in the private sector, won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council in 2003. He spent much of his time on council sounding the alarm about youth. violence in Minneapolis.

Ten years later, Samuels announced her candidacy for mayor of Minneapolis, ultimately losing to Betsy Hodges.

Representative Omar, who announced her intention to seek a third term in February, was first elected to Congress in 2019, making her the first Somali American to serve in either legislative chamber. .

Omar then won re-election in 2020 with 64.5% of the vote.

KARE 11 has reached out to Samuels’ campaign for a statement, but has yet to receive a response.

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