Response to Representative Clark's Retirement

While we are processing the news of Representative Karen Clark's retirement, one thing that we can all agree on is that she has had an admirable and vital career of public service, and that should be celebrated. She represented District 62A proudly, and fought fiercely for the human rights of all of us, no matter the cost. It wasn’t easy to defend the rights of LGBTQ people when she started her career, and it’s not easy to stand up for the rights of immigrants now, but she never let that stop her.

Karen was someone who knew the difference between right and wrong, and who would listen to any voice regardless of their background or circumstance. She was beloved by our East African community and all of district 62A, because of how she worked for and with us. She knew we are stronger together than apart, and that we can all work together no matter what might seem our differences on the surface.

Karen is someone I have looked up to for some time, and I can only hope to live up to the high standards she has set. I wish her nothing but the best in retirement, because she spent a lifetime fighting injustice with dignity, humor, and charm. If elected, I know I can carry on her legacy, and make sure District 62A stays a caring, diverse community that we can all be proud of.

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