Kenyan born American Boni Njenga is eyeing a top seat in Minnesota after he declared his interest in a position in the Hennepin County Board of Commissioner, District 5.
Njenga who has been campaigning through the social media platform due to the COVID-19 impact says that although it seems like a tough race, he is surely up for the task.
“I reach out to voters through my Facebook page (Boni Njenga), my website (www.boninjenga.com) and Twitter account(@Boninjenga). It is not easy but the circumstances have forced us to keep social distancing.”
According to him his opponent who is first-term incumbent Debbie Goettel is impressively outstanding but this will not stop him from taking up the challenge.
In a detailed report by Nation Africa, Njenga who relocated to the US in 2003 opened up about his campaign strategy and his background experience that will possibly boost his chances of being elected as a commissioner in one of the county boards in the US.
Some of the challenges he has addressed in his campaign include Opioid crisis, homelessness, lack of public safety, racial disparities and tax levy increases with no accountability and transparency on spending and he says that his intention is to offer solutions for the same.
As a political analyst, some of the factors featured in his manifesto include – creating community wealth, closing achievement gaps, children protective services, safe and affordable housing, and improving the quality of life for all residents.
“We can only solve these issues with fresh and bold 21st-century governance and by applying evidence-based policymaking, which will enable us to curb wasteful spending in Hennepin County, keeping more money in your pocket,” he says.
Mr Njenga who has lived has and worked in Hennepin County for the last nine years also added that his intention is to advocate for the rights of all residents.
Some of his experiences and achievements since he moved to the US include; graduating with Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and later a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato among others.
Njenga believes he is fit for this position because of his experience in supervisory and management roles and the fact that he is determined to serve the state.
“It will be quite an honour if residents of District 5 give me a chance to serve them and give back to the community that gave me a home and accepted me years ago.
“I have always had the passion for public service and politics. I value the quote by former US President J.F. Kennedy – ‘ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your county’.” he stated
According to him, his mother played a big role in getting him where he is today and he will be honored of people elect him. In 2003, his mother sent him to the US out of fear and concern that he would be influenced by peer pressure.
“To save me from engaging in drug abuse and crime, she decided to send me to the United States of America to live with my brothers. I arrived in the US with a near-empty suitcase and $50 as pocket money,” he stated
If he is elected, Njenga will become the first Kenyan- American to hold that position.
Apart from him, another African who dared to vie for an elective position is Ilhan Omar who was elected in the US Congress.