Get to Know Mohamed Al-Hamdani

Get to Know 2017 Endorsed Candidate ... Mohamed Al-Hamdani

Name: Mohamed Al-Hamdani
Office you’re seeking: Dayton Public Schools Board of Education
Are you an incumbent? No
Age: 36
Twitter: @Mo_Dayton
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Why are you running?

I wouldn’t be where I am today without the education I received at Dayton Public Schools. My family arrived in the states broke and broken. As refugees from Iraq in the early 90, we relied heavily on progressive public programs to get to where we are today. As an attorney today, I believe that one should always give back to the community that invested in them.

I believe that as elected officials, we must be positive, progressive, and engaged leaders in in our community. Access to a quality education is a right that we should be providing to every child and that it is the best way to start leveling the playing field. We need our schools to better prepare all our students for good jobs, college and community life. That is why I’m running for the Dayton Public School Board of Education.

What are the most important issues on your campaign?

Bussing, underfunded public schools, lack of community support for the board and the system, dysfunction on the board, growing divide between the administration, teachers and the board.

Give us a fun fact about yourself.

When I arrived in the states, I only knew 3 words in English. They were “boy, girl and widow.” That was all I could recall from 5th grade English class.

Who is your favorite president? Why?

FDR by far. His progressive and liberal policies helped shaped this country in tremendous ways.

What’s your favorite food on the campaign trail? Why?

Pizza, I love Pizza. I mean, who doesn’t like pizza?

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Why?

Batman, just so I could ride the batmobile. Especially if it’s the one from the Dark Knight movies. That thing was a beast.

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?

“Paris” by Chainsmokers

What was your first paid job?

I worked at the attendance office at Colonel White High School.

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