Los Angeles, California
Ted Alemayhu, an Ethiopia- born philanthropist and politician, has become the first Africa- born person to run for the U.S. Congress. The individual, who is best known for founding the charity U.S Doctors for Africa in 2006, will be running as an independent for the 2018 Congressional Race from the 37th District of California.
“I’ve been doing what politicians should have been doing for quite some time now. I’ve taken a number of initiatives in healthcare, immigration, unemployment, the economy, education and other issues that affects my community,” he said adding that U.S politicians from his district were not actively responding to crises within the community. “I’m now prepared and well equipped to run for Congress. Besides, the immigration system is pretty tough now. The new administration is strict in many forms but I believe that when I get elected the President and his team will work with me very closely.”
Ted Alemayhu, known for his bold leadership on U.S and international platforms, first came to America in 1987 as a fourteen year old boy under the guardianship of an American family.
The 44 year old has previously testified before the United States Congress to help mobilize global partnership in defeating the deadly Ebola and Zika viruses. He was also credited for leading personalities who stepped up to help U.S citizens during the deadly Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Francis.
His official profile shows that he has worked with the City and County of Los Angeles, The State of California, The State Department, The Rand Corporation, The Clinton Foundation, The United Nations, The World Health Organization, The White House, as well as various members of Congress.
Several dozens of people have attended Ted’s formal announcement to run for the U.S Congress on Friday whose Primary is set for June 5th, 2018.
Captain Abiy Mekonnen, a prominent member of the Ethiopian community in the U.S who is also the CEO and President of Maxim Aviation, said the unemployment rate in the District from where Ted will run for Congress is witnessing an increasing problem of unemployment.
“When I was here the unemployment rate was 6 percent but it’s now 11.9 percent,” he said. “I know Ted is the right candidate because he has lived here for a long time and understands the problems that the community faces and can solve them. The current Congresswoman from this is a sleep on the wheel.”
Ted has earned various awards and recognitions for his extraordinary work for his community and communities from across the United States and around the world. Among the many Awards and recognitions; he has received a special recognition from the Los Angeles City Consul and former Mayor of Los Angeles Viaragoza, Columbia University Teachers College, NASDAQ Market, as well as from the United Nations and Clinton Global Initiative.
“The Republican and Democratic parties have promised but not delivered so people are just so fed up here. That why I chose to run as independent instead of alongside these two parties,” Ted said.
By Elias Meseret
Los Angeles, California