Esther Agbaje won by a landslide, scoring a total of 17,396 votes, which represents 74.7% of the total ballots cast in the Minnesota House of Representatives in United States general elections.
(The African Stand) — Political newcomer Esther Agbaje has become Minnesota’s first Nigerian-American legislator after winning the seat formerly held by long-time state Representative Raymond Dehn.
The 35-year-old won her election on the ticket of the US Democratic Party and will represent District 59B in the 134-member House.
Agbaje defeated her closest rival Alan Shilepsky of the Republican Party.
Her father is an Episcopal Church priest and her mother worked as a librarian at the University of Minnesota.
Agbaje graduated from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is now serving as an attorney in Minneapolis with a focus on general civil litigation and medical malpractice.
Affordable housing, environmental justice, police reform, public safety, and racial equality are top of her loss of priorities and focus.