A 27-year-old Afghan refugee, Safiya Wazir, won the Democratic primary for a seat in the legislature of the US state of New Hampshire, RFERL reported late Wednesday.
Wazir defeated a fellow Democrat who held the seat for four terms.
Wazir won the primary on September 11 after a campaign in which she highlighted her years of community activism and dedication to education and family issues, reported RFERL.
According to her, supporters "were very excited there was someone new running for the State House.”
Wazir's family left Afghanistan in 2007 and she arrived in Concord, the capital of the northeastern state, that same year.
New Hampshire officials say that if Wazir beats Republican Dennis Soucy in the November election, she will be the first refugee to hold public office in the state, reported RFERL.