This should be fun—a woman of color whose religion and last name are Islam is running for arguably the second-most influential elected office in South Dakota:
Taneeza Islam announced her candidacy for Sioux Falls mayor Tuesday.
Islam, an immigration attorney and co-founder of SD Voices for Peace, and SD Voices for Justice is the first first-generation American-Muslim to run for citywide office. Islam made the announcement at Meldrum Park Tuesday afternoon.
Islam says those causes are part of the reason she’s running for office. During her announcement, Islam outlined some of the struggles she faced when she moved to the city in 2012. She also highlighted some of the areas she would like to address, like access to public services, food deserts within the city limits, and a voice for the city’s diverse community at the decision-making table [staff, “Taneeza Islam Announces Run for Sioux Falls Mayor,” KSFY, 2021.10.05].
Islam joins Republican golden boy and incumbent Jesus-y mayor Paul TenHaken and meditative martial artist (Shao-Lin Gaiaist?) David Zokaites as a declared candidate for chief executive of 21.7% of all South Dakotans.