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Ugandan Runs for Powerful Political Position in US

Adem Bunkeddeko, a 29-year-old political organiser whose parents fled Uganda to the United States in the 1980s, is running to represent Brooklyn in the US Congress.

Bunkeddeko announced his candidacy in October 2017 and he is running in the primary elections (Democratic Party) to unseat Yvette Clarke, who has represented the area for the last 12 years.

According to reports by several American media outlets, Adem Bunkeddeko was born and raised in the US, after his parents fled Uganda in the 1980s during civil conflicts that had destabilised the country.

A holder of a Master of Business Administration from Havard Business School, Bunkeddeko has spent the bulk of his adult life in Brooklyn, working as a political organizer and campaign worker after college.

He also had a brief stint in the banking world, which he left to work at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Empire State Development Corporation and most recently Brooklyn Community Services.

Adem is currently a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 8.

In a recent interview with ‘Inside City Hall’ a political talk show hosted on the 24-hour cable-news television channel NY1, he said that he was taking on Clarke because Brooklyn had “a deficit of leadership for over decade”, and “… she hasn’t passed any piece of legislation.”

“Many folks are working on a day-to-day basis to try to put food on the table, try to get things done, and we were not hearing much. And as far as I can recall, in the 11 years she’s been there, she has yet to introduce and pass a bill into law, which is — it may be a function of the times, but there are others who are getting things done, even with Republicans in control,” she said in an interview with local media.

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Elections will be held on June 26, 2018.

Bunkeddeko’s says his political target is to see that issues like criminal justice, immigration reforms, affordable housing are addressed.

 

 

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