23-year-old Indian American Muslim woman wins US midterm elections

Nabeela Syed, a 23-year-old Indian American Muslim woman, the candidate of the Democratic Party, has won a significant victory in the election for the 51st House district of the Illinois state legislature in the United States.

On Wednesday, Nabeela took to Twitter and shared her happiness about being elected to the General Assembly as a Democratic Party representative.

“My name is Nabeela Syed. I’m a 23-year-old Muslim, Indian-American woman. We just flipped a Republican-held suburban district,” she tweeted.

With her win, Nabeela becomes the first South Asian in the Illinois state legislature, and will also be the youngest member of the state assembly.

Syed is active in her religious community at the Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs and advocates interfaith dialogue and aims to empower young Muslim women to lead

Nabeela promises to fight for causes the community members hold dear to their hearts, such as equal rights, healthcare, education, and taxes.

According to her website, She is running “to build a better Illinois for residents today and tomorrow – an Illinois with a strong economy, sustainable infrastructure, affordable healthcare, and higher education.”

Having graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Political Science and Business, Syed served as the president of a pro-bono consulting organization that helped local businesses.

Syed currently works for a non-profit, helping them with digital strategy and supporting a myriad of civic engagement initiatives, for example, mobilizing voters, curbing sexual assault on college campuses, and enhancing gender equity, according to her official website.

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