• Nigerian woman wins US state Assembly race, polls over 74% votes

  • Written by Joseph Omotayo

    Updated 7 days ago

    - A Nigerian woman, Esther Agbaje, has finally won a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives with a landslide victory of 17,396

    - Esther's contender, Alan Shilepsky, had no chance at all as he was only able to poll 4,128 votes cast

    - The Nigerian has a law degree from Harvard and a degree in political science from George Washington University

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    A Nigerian woman, Esther Agbaje, won her election into the Minnesota House of Representatives in the US general elections on Tuesday, November 3.

    With the new seat, she will be representing District 50B in the House. It should be noted that she contested on the platform of the Democratic-Farmer-Labour Party (DFL), The Nation reports.

    The 35-year-old woman polled a power vote count of 17,396, 74.7% of cast ballot papers, to defeat her rival, Alan Shilepsky of the Republican Party, who was only able to score 4,128 votes.

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    Another thing worthy of note is that elections into the State House happens every two years and there are no term limits.

    Esther has a law degree from Harvard University. Photo sources: Getty Images/Cheriss May, BBC

    Esther was born in St Paul. Her father Rev John, the episcopal church priest, fell in love with her mother, Bunmi, who was a librarian at the University of Minnesota.

    After bagging her political science degree from George Washington University, she had her masters in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Harvard University.

    Esther is presently an attorney in Minneapolis. She had served as a foreign affairs officer with the US Department of State.

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    Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian living in the United States identified as Adeoye Owolewa has been elected to the country's Congress, becoming the first to do so .

    The 31-year-old politician ran on the platform of the Democratic Party to represent Washington DC in the House of Representatives.

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    After his win, many people rushed to Twitter to congratulate him on the big political success he just achieved.

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    Source: Legit

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