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Fridley Resident Wants to Run for U.S. Senate but Filed for MN Senate

Fadumo Yusuf isn't sure what she'll do next, the St. Cloud Times reported.

A Fridley woman filed as a candidate Tuesday, intending to run for the U.S. Senate, according to the St. Cloud Times.

Instead, the Minnesota Secretary of State's office has Fadumo Yusuf signed up to run for the state Senate—and in Senate District 13, more than 60 miles from her Fridley home.

See her filing document for yourself.

Yusuf is filed as a Republican. The other Republican in the race, incumbent state Sen. Michelle Fischbach, also waited until the deadline day of the filing period to make her candidacy official.

Yusuf told the St. Cloud Times she doesn't intend to run for state senate and hopes she can still somehow file for U.S. Senate.

If she somehow managed to do that past Tuesday's filing deadline, besides incumbent U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. (Eight men filed as challengers to Klobuchar.)

Candidates have through Thursday to drop out. If she doesn't drop out, Gary Poser, elections director at the Secretary of State’s office, told the St. Cloud Times, Yusuf's candidacy will force an Aug. 14 primary election in Senate District 13 (barring a legal challenge to her residency).

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal wrote about Yusuf in a March 30, 2012 article about a business-law class at St. Mary's University:

The class has empowered students like 31-year-old Fadumo Yusuf, a part-time health care accountant and mother of four, in her daily transactions with businesses. The Fridley woman came to Minnesota from Somalia in 2001, and wants to make a career out of accounting — or, thanks to this class, study law — if she graduates as planned in 2013.

“I have a dream. My dream is to be a CPA. [But] I have to follow the law, I see a lot of frauds going on,” she said.

This business class has helped Yusuf better understand the responsibilities of business leaders, as well as the legal pitfalls for small-business owners in a system that can be difficult to navigate. She ran a Minneapolis travel agency that ran out of cash and went out of business in July, but said some of the lessons she’s learning in this class would have made her a better businesswoman.

“I’m a person who always loves to be more educated. … There’s a lot of things that can get you sued, and people don’t understand it,” Yusuf said.

Bob Moffitt June 07, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Dear me. Perhaps she can learn from this mistake, too. In the meanwhile, she should seek a little more information on how our election sysytem works.
Pam Reynolds June 07, 2012 at 01:43 PM
If it was an error by the SOS office then it should be correctable. The candidate form is very specific as to what office one is filing for. If it was her error she should file to remove herself from the election. Knowing how the system works is important.
Chris Steller (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Pam, good point. I just got her affadavit and will post it separately. She clearly wrote "Senate for US Minnesota." But she also entered a district number (13) and paid the fee for state, not US, Senate. What do you think? I'm hoping to ask her about it.
Laurie Buck June 07, 2012 at 04:58 PM
There are some other interesting points to be brought up in reading the blurb from the Business Journal and then reading the filing paperwork in the follow up. The Business Journal says she came to the U.S. from Somalia in 2001. The requirements for U. S. Senate state that you have to have been "a U.S. citizen for not less than nine years on the next January 3rd." The residency requirements for becoming a naturalized citizen are "Continuous residence in the US for at least five years immediately preceding the applicant's filing for naturalization." It doesn't look as though she'd even be eligible to run for U.S. Senate if the timeline is right.
Chris Steller (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Wow, Laurie. I did not know about that. I will definitely ask her about it if I get a chance.
Farhan June 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
God Bless United States Of America!
Pam Reynolds June 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Shame on me I assumed she met all the other criteria for filing!

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