Meet the three Kenyan-Americans who vied for elective seats in Minnesota

From right: Ukasha Dakane, Henry Momanyi and Janet Kitui who vied for elective seats in Minnesota. [Photo: Nation]

The 2020 US Presidential Elections have been a debacle between incumbent Donald Trump and Democrat’s candidate Joe Biden.

The presidential polls could best be described as knife-edged with the whole world closely following who takes America’s White House.

While it is of much interest, it is worth to note that three Kenyan-born US citizens also made a name in their bid to represent the people in smaller elective seats.

They have made a huge impact in the lives of many through their vision which drives their zeal to bring change to the community through representation.

Although the three lost, their bid was an indication that the Kenyan spirit reins abroad as well.

Henry Momanyi who lives in Minnesota was one of the Kenyans going for the Brooklyn Park City Council but he lost to Susan Pha who successfully defended the seat.

Momanyi vied as an independent candidate who campaigned on education, public safety and better housing policies. His has been quite an experience in elective politics but all in all, he put up a gallant fight in the quest Brooklyn Park city council seat.

Janet Kitui another Kenyan-American with more than two decades in the US vied for Edina City Council seat still in Minnesota. Just like Momanyi, one of her campaign pillars was affordable housing, social justice and racial equality.

Kitui battled out in the ballot with Ukasha Dakane, another Kenyan-American who was eyeing the Edina City Council seat.

Dakane is an entrepreneur running a non-profit with a focus on helping immigrants to secure employment.

His work has been outstanding and was among 11 other candidates cleared to contest for the seat.

Dakane is also proud of having received the Leadership Community Award from the Edina Community Foundation for the role that his organization plays in shaping the youth and inspiring them to become community leaders.