I am running to represent the people of District 3 in the County Council. I am an immigrant who first came to America in 2001. I was born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. I became a naturalized U.S. Citizen in 2014. In the mean time, I began to understand the American political process. I became more aware of the political process after the election of President Obama who awakened in me a passion to care for others and serve. As an immigrant, I appreciate the freedom and political system that the Constitution affords to us and I want to help protect it.
Also, as an immigrant, I am aware of the xenophobic undercurrents taking place by people who want to use the open society and freedom to effectuate a cruel system to immigrants. My immigrant background and experience helps me understand the need for compassion and fight the ugly forces influencing the current political environment that endangers a civil society.
I earned my Bachelors and Masters in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan and recently earned my Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. In my day job, I perform nuclear safety analysis on storage and transportation systems of used nuclear fuel for our nation's nuclear power plants. I became a nuclear engineer because I believe it is a source of clean energy that has provided safe and reliable energy for our country for over five decades.
I care about justice and want to ensure that my fellow human beings are getting their fair share. We need to have a society where the have-nots are treated with the same respect and dignity as the haves. A human being is not a means to an end. We all have goals and dreams. Everything from voting, economics, the justice system, and public policy should be crafted for the benefit of all with and without economic means. In the land of opportunity, the teachers should be considered just as important as the banker.
I thrive and get my energy from collaborative environments and I believe collaboration is central to finding solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. My personal drive and motivation leads me to get involved in organizations and immediately contribute as a leader. Over the years, as a Nuclear Engineer, I’ve been charged with tasks that demand analysis of complex systems, providing me with a unique advantage to solve problems in creative ways. This perspective is what I intend to bring to County government.
This is not the time to be cynical. Cynicism allows the special interests to take advantage of the vacuum created by lack of engagement. In the past few months, I have seen regular citizens with an in depth understanding of County issues, who are willing to contribute their time, talent, and energy to improve their communities. This is what my campaign is about. To leverage this energy and talent so that we can have a more equitable society that does not leave out the vulnerable and marginalize those who lack the means.
I will be honored and humbled to serve as the next Council Member of District 3.