Redmon City Councilmember, WA
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Varisha Khan is one of the first Muslim women to be elected in Washington state. At 24 years old she will be the youngest member of the City Council. Khan was born in Dallas, Texas and her family eventually moved to Redmond MA. Khan received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication-Journalism at the University of Washington. After which has worked at various nonprofit organization King County where she made media and politics more inclusive. While attending UW she was the founding director of the Middle Eastern Student commission as a response to the murders of three Muslim students at University of North Carolina. In 2016 she was a Washington delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, voting for Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Her platform is on equity and inclusion, she wants Redmond to become a vibrant but affordable place to live and work. Khan wants to create a city that is diverse and welcoming to everyone. Environmental sustainability is another important aspect of Khan’s platform. As she envisions the city as leader in renewable and equitable energy. The main goal is to have the city produce zero carbon emissions.