Hakeem running for state House

Green Party candidate Farheen Hakeem has announced her bid for the state Legislature.

Hakeem is seeking Rep. Neva Walker’s seat, which covers part of the Whittier, Lyndale and Kingfield neighborhoods.

Walker, who was elected in 2000, has not said specifically why she is not seeking re-election.

Hakeem, a former math teacher and a current youth coordinator, previously sought public office. She ran in 2005 for mayor of Minneapolis and garnered 14 percent of the primary vote before running in 2006 for Hennepin County Commissioner in the fourth district.

On her website, she lists education, homelessness, transportation and the environment as key issues.

On Wednesday, community activist and Bryant neighborhood resident Jeff Hayden also announced his bid for Walker’s seat. He ran for City Council in 2005 and has worked as an aide to Council Member Gary Schiff (9th Ward). He currently works as a support manager for Hearth Connection, a Minneapolis-based organization that works to end homelessness.