Fardousa Jama launches campaign

Long-time Mankato resident runs for Mankato City Council

Madison Diemert
News Editor

Fardousa Jama, a Mankato resident and immigrant has just recently launched her campaign to represent Ward 3 on the Mankato City Council. Jama is a Somali-American woman who has lived in Mankato since 1997 and helped positively impact the community in a large number of ways.

According to Jama’s website, Jama founded a non-profit called Somali Community Baarwaqo Organization in Mankato, she has volunteered for many community programs such as Meals on Wheels and Bundle Me Warm, and she has also organized events such as Breaking the Fast with Your Somali Neighbor. Jama said that with working on programs such as those, she has “had the opportunity to work with Mankato’s business community, neighborhood associations and public safety. And in my work with Meals on Wheels, Bundle Me Warm and other programs through the Salvation Army, I’ve also been able to work with some of Mankato’s marginalized families.”

Jama, with working so closely with the Mankato community, is a great candidate for representing Ward 3. She is a leader and a great contributor to the community around her. Along with the organizations she helped build and contribute to, she was also named Salvation Army’s volunteer of the year, was honored by the YCWA as a Young Woman of Distinction, and presented a TEDx talk on Knowing Your Self-worth, according to her website.

“I am running for City Council because I’m passionate about our community and I can help our city continue to thrive and prosper by bringing unique experiences and a fresh perspective to the table of city leadership,” reads Jama’s website. With such an open mind and a knack for leadership, Jama is more than qualified for Mankato’s city Council.

For more information about Fardousa and the election, you can visit her website,, or her Facebook page. And remember, exercise your right to vote when the time comes, and consider Jama to represent Ward 3 on the Mankato City Council.

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