Hi. I'm Hamida Dakane.
In the wise words of George Bernard Shaw, “the people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.” These words motivate me to do my part in making the world a better place. They inspire me to embrace my dreams while supporting others. This approach has greatly influenced my decision to run for the North Dakota District 16 House of Representatives.
A briefcase of clothes and a couple of dollars were all I had when I came to America. Although I had so little materially, I had two significant assets: hope and faith. The hope was that my life would get better, and my faith was in the American Dream. This pursuit was etched into my heart—I had one goal: growing the community around me along with myself. Since then, working to positively impact the common good has become a part of who I am, and the dream of living for a higher cause fuels me. As an immigrant, two obstacles lie between me and my dream: having purpose, and the will to see it through.
I came to North Dakota as an out-of-state student in 2012, studying Emergency Management and International Studies at North Dakota State University. Over time, I got involved with the community in various capacities of service and leadership. I am an appointed member of the Fargo Human Relations Commission, a co-founder of the Afro American Development Association, a leader in the local Somali community, and was the Educational Chair for the NDSU African Student Union (now Black Student Association). Initially an outsider, I soon realized that I had found my home in this welcoming community. I instantly loved the people around me. I felt connected to what felt like a growing family. As a community organizer, it is my firm belief that the most healthy and active communities are made by collaboration–I will bring this spirit of cooperation as a Representative of District 16 while working for greater North Dakota.
I believe a forward-thinking and hands-on approach can effectively address vital elements in our community–these include educational equity, growing workforce needs, and the housing crisis. I will foster a safe and welcoming community for all residents. I want to bridge barriers, build futures, connect communities, share objectives, and work together for achievable solutions to our common problems.
In the past eight years, I have helped create positive change in our community through various leadership positions. I have connected people and communities for a stronger future–work I’m proud of. These team efforts involve all of us as stakeholders making our district and state the best place to live. I work hard for development and growth. I listen. I promote civic education in immigrant communities to enhance the involvement of New Americans in the political process. I travel the state organizing with candidates to ensure we are all involved in growing together for a better future.
I look forward to working for circumstances we all want, and if we can’t find them, we must make them.