Dirk VanderHart of the Portland Mercury breaks the story that Kayse Jama is running for Senate District 24
The chief reason for running, says Jama, is that "our vulnerable communities are facing massive federal spending cuts and mean-spirited policies meant to continue keeping us divided." Jama himself was born in Somalia, and fled as a refugee during civil war there.
"As a candidate, I am not only seeking to represent the people of Senate District 24," Jama said in a written response to our questions. "I am also seeking to empower them and bring them along with me. I’m a community-based leader, not a politician. And it’s time for more of us to run for office." Read the full story here.