US election: Esther Agbaje, daughter of Nigerian immigrants wins legislative seat

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Another Nigerian-American candidate, Esther Agbaje, has won the Minnesota House of Representatives seat in the 2020 United States election.

The 35-year-old daughter of an Episcopal priest and a librarian, both Nigerian immigrants, defeated longtime state Representative Raymond Dehn in the party’s primary in August.

Agbaje defeated her closest rival, Alan Shilepsky, by a landslide.

She scored a total of 17,396 votes, which represents 74.6 per cent of the total votes cast.

Shilepsky, a nominee for the Republican Party, scored 4,128 votes, representing 17.7 per cent of the total votes cast.

Agbaje confirmed that she would be representing District 59B in the Minnesota House of Representatives on the platform of the Minnesota Democratic–farmer-labour Party (DFLP), an affiliate of the U.S. Democratic Party, on her website.

She is one of four progressive greenhorns who defeated established Democratic legislators in the primary.

Agbaje has a law degree from Harvard University, a Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania, and has served in the U.S. Department of State, among others.

Earlier, Nigerian-American, Oye Owolewa, was elected as a shadow member of the United States House of Representatives from the District of Columbia.

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