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Former Afghan Woman Refugee Wins New Hampshire State Legislature Primary

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Former Afghan Woman Refugee Wins New Hampshire State Legislature Primary

Safiya Wazir, a 27-year-old former Afghan refugee, won the New Hampshire state democratic primary on Tuesday night.

She beat out four-term New Hampshire state Representative Dick Patten and is on her way to become the fist refugee to ever serve in public office in the state, if she wins the general elections in November.

Wazir is a mother of two kids and is currently running for office while pregnant. She went door-to-door campaigning for enacting paid family leave and Medicaid expansion.

Her opponent, Patten, ran a negative campaign against her, claiming her lack of experience and refugee status would hurt her chances of winning.

“They were very excited there was someone new running for the State House,” Wazir told the Concord Monitor. “It gives me so much energy to be backed from the people themselves. It’s driven me to be positive.”

Wazir’s family left Afghanistan in 2007 and she arrived in Concord, the capital of the northeastern state, that same year.

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