African woman wins US state Assembly race, gets over 74% votes

African woman wins US state Assembly race, gets over 74% votes

- A Nigerian woman, Democrat Esther Agbaje, has finally won a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives with a landslide victory of 17,396

- Esther's contender, Alan Shilepsky, had no chance at all as he was only able to poll 4,128 votes in contrast

- Agbaje has a law degree from Harvard University and a degree in political science from George Washington University

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A Nigerian woman, Esther Agbaje, won her election into the Minnesota House of Representatives in the US general elections on Tuesday, November 3.

With the new seat, she will be representing District 50B in the House. It should be noted that she contested on the platform of the Democratic-Farmer-Labour Party (DFL), The Nation reports.

The 35-year-old woman polled a power vote count of 17,396 - 74.7% of cast ballot papers - to defeat her rival, Alan Shilepsky of the Republican Party, who was only able to score 4,128 votes.

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Another thing worthy of note is that elections into the State House happens every two years and there are no term limits.

Esther has a law degree from Harvard University.
Photo sources: Getty Images/Cheriss May, BBC

Esther has a law degree from Harvard University. Photo sources: Getty Images/Cheriss May, BBC
Source: UGC

Esther was born in St Paul. Her father Rev John, the episcopal church priest, fell in love with her mother, Bunmi, who was a librarian at the University of Minnesota.

After bagging her political science degree from George Washington University, she got her Master's in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Harvard University.

Esther is presently an attorney in Minneapolis. She had served as a foreign affairs officer with the US Department of State.

In other uplifting US election news from Briefly.co.za, a woman in the United States identified as Ruth Graham-Ray celebrated her 108th birthday by voting in the presidential election.

The centenarian's godson, Michael Blaylock, said the event marked the 22nd time Ray has voted in a United States presidential election. The lady hopes to inspire everyone to get out and vote as if their life depends on it.

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According to Blaylock, the woman said if exercising her franchise is still important to her at the age of 108, nobody has any excuses not to vote.

Blaylock said:

“She said in her own little way, ‘If I’m 108 years old, and it’s still important to me, then there should not be any excuses from anybody.’”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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