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Taneeza Islam announces run for Sioux Falls mayor

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 4:47 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - 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.

“Our city cannot be strong when the divide between those who have access and wealth is growing while those with the most needs in our community are unseen,” said Islam. “If I earn your vote to be mayor of Sioux Falls, I will reinvest in essential services that make our community strong and healthy.”

She will face Mayor Paul TenHaken, who announced his re-election campaign last month, in the 2022 city election. The City Election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

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