Don Samuels, a former Minneapolis City Council member who lost a 2022 bid for Congress by two percentage points, and blamed the loss on lack of support from pro-Israel groups, will seek a rematch with Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minnesota’s 5th district.
Both Mr. Samuels and Rep. Omar are Democrats and the August primary serves as the de facto general election in the heavily Democratic district. 2022 proved that once again when the former Minneapolis councilor lost to Omar who is currently serving a third term.
Mr. Samuels announced his second bid against the congresswoman on yesterday’s WCCO Radio The Sunday Take by Blois Olson where he told the host what is different this time “is that I am starting in November instead of April and I am going to be participating fully in the preliminary aspects of the race meaning the caucus, convention and have an early relationship with the voters and funders.”
In a news release sent out immediately following his appearance on WCCO Radio, Samuels provided a reason for his second bid.
“Our neighbors deserve a leader who will represent our values in Washington, D.C., working with the Biden administration and other democratic colleagues to strengthen democracy, promote peace around the globe, and create a future of opportunity in America,” said Samuels in his news release.
The release also criticized the congresswoman, who in April announced her support for Biden’s reelection, for voting against President Biden’s infrastructure legislation.
In a release following Samuel’s announcement, Rep. Omar touted her legislative achievements benefiting her district.
“I’m incredibly proud of the model of cogovernance we’ve built in the 5th District, which has included monthly town halls, routine constituent service resource fairs and a brand new district office. I’ve brought over $40 million to the district in the form of community projects—including a brand new affordable housing facility for veterans in Robbinsdale that I toured this weekend. As a leader of the House Budget Committee and Progressive Caucus,” said Omar. “I’ve continued to fight for the progressive values Minnesotans sent me to advocate for—whether it’s fighting to codify Roe v. Wade into law, pushing for historic climate legislation, addressing the opioid crisis or fighting for an assault weapons ban.”
Samuels, who lives in north Minneapolis, is an immigrant from Jamaica and a former toy designer. He is married to Sondra and they have four children.