Nida Allam grew up in Wake County, the daughter of Indian and Pakistani immigrants. She attended North Carolina public schools and then NC State University, where she led a campaign to partner with local healthcare workers to provide free healthcare to low-income community members.
In 2020, Nida ran an unprecedented progressive campaign for Durham County Commission. The highest vote-getter in the general election, she became the first Muslim woman elected to public office in North Carolina. As Durham County Commissioner, Nida voted to raise the minimum wage for county employees to $15 per hour and led the charge to provide property tax relief for low-income Durhamites. Now Nida is running for Congress to take that fight to the federal level. She’s fighting for a living wage, Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and other policies that North Carolinians urgently need.