Voice For Refuge Endorses Candidates in Ohio

October 20, 2022
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Elizabeth Margolis, memargolis@voiceforrefuge.org

New York City — Today, Voice for Refuge Action Fund released its endorsements for the upcoming general elections. We are proud to endorse Representative Joyce Beatty, and State Senator Tina Maharath. We are also pleased to announce endorsements for Ismail Mohamed for the State House District 3, and Munira Abdallahi for State House District 9. 

“Ohio is home to thousands of refugees and new Americans. We share a commitment, alongside these candidates, to ensuring that the voices from these communities are represented at every level of government within Ohio,” said Mary Elizabeth Margolis, Voice for Refuge’s Acting Managing Director. 

“Representation Matters, which is why we are thrilled to support Tina Maharath, Ismail Mohamed, and Munira Abdallahi who will each bring their personal experience as members of Ohio’s refugee communities to their positions. We endorse Representative Joyce Beatty for her consistent support for refugees and immigrants as an elected representative.”

This is Voice for Refuge’s second round of endorsements in the 2022 elections, and the third time the 501c(4) organization has endorsed candidates for election. Voice for Refuge Action Fund specifically aims to endorse candidates based upon their stance on refugee issues. See all of our endorsements at www.voiceforrefuge.org/endorsements 

Candidates were endorsed based on their answers to questions about their support for refugee resettlement, their work on welcoming refugees and immigrants in their community, and their understanding of policies specific to their potential role as a Federal, State, or Local representative. An individual’s public statements and any applicable past actions were also assessed. 

The election is November 8th this year. Early voting/mail in voting in Michigan starts on September 29.

Voice for Refuge is the first 501(c)4 organization created to advance pro-refugee policies at the national, state, and local level and to hold elected leaders accountable to upholding America’s legacy of welcome. Voice for Refuge is educating the public about the benefits of refugee resettlement, advocating for pro-refugee policies in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, and increasing civic engagement among refugees through non-partisan voter education. Voice for Refuge will also promote the representation of refugees in government by supporting former refugees and pro-refugee candidates running for office.

Voice for Refuge Action Fund is a first-of-its-kind 501(c)(4) organization created to stand alongside and elevate refugee voices in the fight for justice and equality.