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Raaheela Ahmed is a 19 year old lifelong Prince Georgian from Bowie, MD. She graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in 2011 with above a 4.0 GPA in the Science and Technology Program. In addition to being a member on the girl’s rugby team and interning at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research her senior year in high school, she was also president of three organizations: the National Honor Society, Do Something Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions. After graduation, she launched a business venture with a group of other students called SendwithMe.

Raaheela ran for Prince George County Board of Education, District 5. She was just shy of victory as the results stood at 52% favoring the incumbent. However, she was pleased with all that she and her team accomplished in this process: reaching out to over 7,000 homes, putting up hundreds of signs, making hundreds of phone calls, going to dozens of community events, working long 13 hour Early Voting days, and gathering over 70 volunteers to help on November 6th. She's proud to have had the support that she had, regardless of the results.


QUESTION #1 WHY SHOULD YOUNG PEOPLE VOTE?

First and foremost, voting is our RIGHT! At the very least, we owe it to the numerous activists that worked to give us this right by simply availing it. As young people, the future starts with us. We have the chance to make our government the way that WE want it to be, but it all starts with one thing: a vote.

QUESTION #2 What is it like to be under 25 and running for office?

It is tough but definitely worthwhile and exciting! I believe it is one of the greatest opportunities for any individual to make a positive impact for their community.

QUESTION #3 IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE FROM THE PAST OR PRESENT, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Abraham Lincoln. Why? Because he was a brilliant leader, speaker, and activist! He was defeated time and again when he ran for office, but still persevered. He put everything on the line to keep our nation from falling apart but still maintained his dignity and morality in the process. Anyone that can handle that amount of adversity and still have the courage to keep moving forward is a hero in my mind.

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