A POWERFUL COMBINATION OF PERSONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE
Aswar is Minneapolis through and through. Raised in Northeast and Northside, educated in South and Southwest, drilled in running businesses, sharpened by experiences in the Mayor’s Office and the Police Department — Aswar is the sort of person that makes for an exceptional mayor.
BORN IN BANGLADESH, IMMIGRATED AT 6
Aswar was born in a military hospital in Bangladesh. Seeing no route forward a happy life for her children, Aswar’s mother brought him and his sister to the United States. The two children excelled in school and the family was supported by schoolteachers through the immigration process.
POVERTY AND OPPORTUNITY IN MINNEAPOLIS
The dream of a better life had a bleak start. Aswar’s little family had big challenges to overcome, to build wealth, to integrate into their new home.
Things began to change when Aswar’s mother opened a small clothing store on Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis. Through 14- and 15-hour days, the family was able to generate wealth, and eventually owned their own homes and expanded their businesses.
SERVING CITY HALL AND CRIME PREVENTION
Aswar understood from an early age the importance of good government. He worked in the Office of Mayor Rybak in his third term, specifically on youth policy and college awareness. A keen observer, he studied the inner workings of City Hall, learning the relationships between different powers, and the nuances that can make or break an administration.
Aswar’s experiences in Crime Prevention in Minneapolis reinforced his belief in the need of good government. By directing investments in high-crime areas, Aswar was able to create competitive athletic opportunities for youth in crime-heavy parts of Minneapolis. This showed remarkable results, and educated Aswar on the need for opportunity to counter societal ills.
LAUNCHING BUSINESSES AND DEVELOPING THE ARTS
After graduating from the University of Minnesota (at the age of 19), Aswar immediately launched into his filmmaking career. An experimental feature led to a large foreign film, but Aswar’s heart was independent cinema. His first small business, a multi-faceted film studio, has been crucial in developing independent cinema in Minneapolis.
Aswar’s parallel passion is in User Experience Design, a sub-branch of technical design that focuses on creating seamless, intuitive human-computer interactions. He commercialized this pursuit by launching Eloquent Design, an UX and web development firm.
THE MOST VIGOROUS CAMPAIGN
Aswar always knew he would run to become the Mayor of Minneapolis. The Trump Election and the weaknesses in the city’s latest budget steeled his resolved. He launched his campaign in early January in front of a packed theater.
Initially shrugged off as a non-contender, Aswar’s bold and principled appearances at forums, combined with an unprecedented level of direct voter engagement has begun to show the weight of his threat to the status quo.
Join Aswar’s campaign, and start fixing what has been neglected for so long.