House District 62A voter’s guide: State Rep. Hodan Hassan challenged by Arjun Kataria

House District 62A

The Southwest Journal’s voter’s guide includes stories on the three competitive races for the Minneapolis School Board and questionnaires with candidates running for the U.S. House and the state House and Senate. We also include a rundown of everything you’ll see on your ballot, including an explanation of the city’s two referendums. You can read our full 2020 voter’s guide here.

First-term Rep. Hodan Hassan, a Somali immigrant, mental health clinician and assistant House majority leader, is seeking a second term. The DFLer faces a challenge from Arjun Kataria (GOP), an analyst at UnitedHealth Group.

Hassan’s top issues include LGBTQIA rights, universal single-payer health care, affordable housing and racial justice, according to her website. She calls for addi- tional affordable housing and subsidies and educational resources for people to buy into their communities.

Other policy positions include greater police accountability, residency requirements for officers and free public college education for low-income students. She also wants to nullify a state law that bans cities from setting rent-control measures.

You can learn more about Hassan on her website at She has raised $21,674 between Jan. 1, 2019, and July 20, 2020, according to campaign finance filings, and had $14,349 on hand as of July 20. No financial information is available for Kataria.

Hodan Hassan and Arjun Kataria did not respond to the Southwest Journal’s questionnaire.

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