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Mustafa to run for Rochester mayor

Mustafa to run for Rochester mayor

Regina Mustafa launched a bid for Rochester mayor on Monday.

Mustafa is the founder of Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam, a nonprofit organization  "dedicated to fostering education and understanding among Rochester’s richly diverse communities." She also serves on the city's Ethical Practices Board and the Olmsted County Human Rights Commission.

“This city has given me so much," said Mustafa, "and I look forward to serving as Rochester’s next Mayor and working to create a city that is welcoming and inclusive for all. Affordable housing, a livable wage, and public transit will be top priorities.”

Mustafa, a native of Philadelphia, has lived in Rochester for more than a decade. She is married with two children. Her work in the community, which includes hosting a regular panel discussion on religion, has earned her both the Champion of Diversity Award and the Mayor's Medal of Honor.

In a news release, she thanked current Mayor Ardell Brede for his service to the community. Brede, who has been in office since 2003, announced in January he would not be seeking re-election this year.

 “Mayor Brede has always believed and been a supporter of my bridge-building work," said Mustafa. "I deeply appreciate what he has done for Rochester and hope to continue his efforts.”

Mustafa had launched a campaign for Minnesota's First Congressional District last summer, but dropped out of the race after about two months. Mustafa is legally blind, and cited difficulties traveling across the district, which spans the entire southern portion of the state.

More info on Mustafa is available on her website. A campaign kick-off event is scheduled for this Thursday, 6 p.m., at Café Steam in Rochester.

Clarification: On her campaign website, Mustafa had said her priorities as mayor would include establishing a $15 minimum wage in Rochester. However, she later sent us an email stating she would seek community input before settling on an exact number.

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