One could assume an Obama supporter would vote solely along party lines. This is not so in 61B as evident across the district. You see more Farheen signs paired with those of Obama, AL Franken, and Keith Ellison. Norm Coleman supporters also tout Farheen signs. They no doubt see she is of strong character and unwavering in her principles. Her issues may be different from conservatives, but her consistency and professionalism are appealing to them. Farheen has earned the respect and trust among the diverse community of south Minneapolis.
Farheen's final get out the vote literature let's residents know where to vote and what to bring for same day registration. She asks voters to consider supporting political diversity at the polls - meaning voting for whoever they see fit but not forgetting a check by Farheen Hakeem.
Her opponent has chosen another route: vote partisan only. He has a rather insular logic on his literature: "because I am DFL endorsed and because I endorse Obama, you should vote for me." Unfortunately, he does not inform voters as to where to go to vote or what to bring to register. The residents of south Minneapolis deserve better than the myopic elected official Hayden clearly wants to be. Rather than being TOLD how to vote, Farheen gives voters the information to not only vote, but actually make them think about who they truly support.
Farheen's differentiation from Hayden can be articulated through her vision:
- Repeal the Minnesota PATRIOT Act
- Enact Single-Payer Univeral Healthcare
- Environmental Justice ( Farheen opposed the Mid-Town burner, Hayden and the Sierra Club did not )
- Improving Education - The core of Minnesota's budget and our collective future
- Improving transportation and transit ( Farheen has attended forums and meetings, while Hayden did not )
- Homelessness - not just throwing money at it, but solving the root causes
- User Friendly State Government ( Farheen has been at every community event in 61B, and major event in Minneapolis. She will be visible to constituents long after she is elected, Hayden has not )
- Children and Youth rights
- LGBT Rights - beyond marriage
- More here ( not unabridged )