Roman water may be a bit new to politics, but she understands all too well the frustrations of voters in Georgia. The 29-year-old public policy expert and organizer has spent years pondering the issues of the Peach State, and now she hopes to bring her expertise to the state capital as a member of the Georgia House Of Representatives.
State legislators now have more influence than ever and often prove to be a testing ground for the Republican party’s new far-right policies. Nowhere is that more evident than in Georgia, where congressmen have approved draconian voting restrictions and near-total abortion bans.
“Think of all those laws that made you very, very angry,” Ruwa told HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview ahead of the November 2022 midterm elections. “That all started in a state legislature somewhere.”
Ready to address the issues right away, Ruwa will now become the representative of Georgia’s 97th House District, located in western Gwinnett County, northeast of Atlanta. If elected, the Democratic newcomer will be the first Muslim woman elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. (Gwinnett led) President Biden with 18 points in 2020, according to politics, making Ruwa’s win more than likely.)
Like most of the country, Gwinnett faces a range of problems. “Everything you’ve heard of, we’ve seen it in our district,” Ruwa told HL, calling her community a “perfect” reflection of the country’s diversity.
“[We’re] a perfect microcosm of what we see across the country,” she explained. “It’s racially diverse, socio-economically diverse. We’re going to knock on houses with values in the seven digits, and then at apartments where the stairs literally fall apart. But they face many of the same problems.”
Detailed and friendly, with an encyclopedic knowledge of Georgia’s public policy, the self-proclaimed Taylor Swift die-hards delved into campaign details with HL, talking about everything from education boards to property taxes to cannabis legalization. The Georgetown graduate also explained how her faith played into her stance on abortion.
Like Judaism, Islam does not believe that life begins at conception. Ruwa prioritized women’s health and well-being, comparing pro-life beliefs to “cutting down the tree to save a branch.”
She recalls being hurt when fellow Democrats began to compare the US to an “American Caliphate” after the leak of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision in May 2022. She told HL: “I couldn’t believe I was making I would have had to fight for my reproductive rights with all that Islamophobia while at the same time as a woman.”
But, of course, the bigotry comes from both sides, especially as she faces a real MAGA Republican before November 8, 2022. Her opponent John Chan is a businessman who has no political experience and has been two-faced about his political affiliations, calling himself a “moderate” in public while selling shirts that read “MAGA America first Republican” through his website.” Ruwa was clear: “ He’s just too extreme for my district, period.”
Ruwa comes with a great resume and an impressive list of recommendations, including support for Her Bold Move, Run For Something, Human Rights Campaign, Emily’s List, Stacey Abrams Fair Fight and the Progressive Turnout Project.
For more information about Ruwa Romman and her race for Georgia’s 97th House District, you can visit her website, Instagram, Twitterand TikTok. Information on voter registration can be found at Vote.gov. And don’t forget to visit your polling station or send in your ballot before November 8, 2022.