Hayward has a new council member. She’s a millennial, a renter, and Afghan American. Aisha Wahab is a 31 year old IT consultant.
Her late parents fled war in Afghanistan, and last November, Wahab was one of two to share the title for first Afghan American woman elected to office in the country.
During her campaign, she faced racism, Islamophobia, and people expressing doubt because of her age. She’s been compared to other young progressive women of color like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Wahab ran on a platform that centered housing, living wage, and jobs in a city where the median age is 34 and the median household income is 65 thousand dollars.