Ilhan Omar on Government Reform



Our democracy isn't perfect, but has tools to make it better

[During the Somalian civil war as a child], I saw grade-school children holding assault rifles in the streets. I spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where there was no running water. But my family and I persevered, fortified by our deep solidarity with one another, and the hope of a better life in the United States.

America in 1992 was in fact full of challenges. People identified me in ways that were foreign to me: immigrant, black. I learned that these identities carried stigmas, and I experienced prejudice as a visibly Muslim woman.

But the beauty of this country is not that our democracy is perfect. It's that embedded in our Constitution and democratic institutions are the tools to make it better. I started attending political caucuses with my grandfather, who cherished democracy as only someone who has experienced its absence could. I soon recognized that the only way to ensure that everyone in my community had a voice was by participating in the democratic process.

Source: N.Y.Times OpEd by 2018 Congressional MN-5 election winner , Jul 25, 2019

I have consistently delivered transparency in public office

Q: What action will you take to ensure Minnesotans trust you as an elected official?

A: Transparency as a Representative of 60B was one of the many reasons I was able to be successful in the Minnesota House. I was always honest with those around me, & I consistently delivered the views of my constituents of the district to the state house. I hosted numerous community events to discuss criticism and paths forward for my district and did so before & throughout my term. I continue to take feedback with respect for those who share and disagree with my views. I can be trusted because of the consistency of transparency that I have delivered throughout my career.

Q: What steps will you take to build cooperation between parties and unify the country?

A: Throughout my career, I've built coalitions at City Hall, with my union, and with community advocates. Unity begins by giving everyone a seat at the table, especially those who have been historically left behind by the political process.

Source: League of Women Voters Q&A on 2018 Congress MN-5 election , Sep 9, 2018

PVS:Regulate campaign donations from corporations.

Omar supports the PVS survey question on regulating campaign donations

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-16 on Aug 1, 2018

Holiday on election day; revamp for easier voting access.

Omar voted YEA For the People Act of 2019