Why I ran for school board

I ran for office because I think that without social justice, we cannot be the generation of change we talk about aspiring to be. My interest in community service started when I transitioned from being a Chicago Public School student to a Niles West student. Being a former student at CPS, I saw the inequality of education students received. As I continued to adjust, I became very frustrated. I was struggling and that is when I decided to fight.

I decided to run for District 219 School Board because I think that political reform starts within the streets of our very own community. I believe that involving youth in politics is crucial because it offers different perspectives and bridges the generational gap that often confuses politics. I was always immensely involved in campaigns, and I knew that I had the energy, enthusiasm, and passion for doing what it takes to serve. Overall I ran because I want to be the voice for the minority. I want to help people. That is my driving passion. It is critical that young people start getting involved. Local politics affects us the most. We as a community of young people need to prioritize voting and start offering our perspective.

Additionally being a resident of Lincolnwood and seeing most of the members on the board being from Skokie and seeing your candidates being from Skokie, I believe that representation from our other villages is essential.

I always had a love for community service and these past few weeks door knocking and meeting people highlighted my passion for public work even more. I ran this campaign all by myself being a first-year college student with no prior experience. I am proud to say that I managed to gain the support of 2500 people in my township. Being a woman, I can say that I had a lot of people bashing me for my decision to run for public office. I was told it was a man's job and that I couldn’t do it. Being an 18-year-old woman was just the cherry on top of the doubt people had of me. I think that as a candidate if you offer a quality platform for the office you’re running for then age, gender, sexual identity, religion we shouldn't matter. I believed in myself, and although I lost my race, I will be running again! As a minority figure in politics, I think that regardless of the backlash you might receive; it is crucial you stand your ground and never stop trying.

 


Biography: Nashra Mohammed and her family moved to Lincolnwood three years ago in search of the right place to continue her education. Mohammed is currently attending DePaul University where she is double majoring in MIS and Marketing with minoring in Public Policy. She aspires to pursue a career in Law. She worked with the Democratic Party of Evanston in support of Laura Fine and Jan Schakowsky she attended meetings, held phone banks, and gathered signatures in the area. Working with Laura Fine her senior year heightened her passion for a push for quality education. Mohammed worked as an election judge her senior year where she became more interested in her community. Mohammed has been part of several charity organizations in hoping to make a world a better place. She worked with organizations such as Feed My Starving Children, The Chicago Coalition of the Homeless, and The Humanity Projects throughout her high school career. At the age of 18, Mohammed is full of devotion and enthusiasm.