- Studied Economics at Boston University
- Studied at CUNY BMCC Alum'
- Went to Moulay Ismail High school, Meknes Morocco
MetroWest DSA October 27 2019.
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As a Democratic Socialist, Ihssane supports without hesitation: ✅AOC's Green New Deal ✅Medicare for All...
Ihssane For Congress addressing the audience. #ImWithIhssane — at Congregational Church of Needham UCC.
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People's Policy Project endorsement
August 14 2019;
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Ihssane For Congress August 13.
This campaign is, at root, about building a future for all of our families. We are thrilled to announce we have earned the endorsement of the People's Policy Project for our championship of the Family Fun Pack!
June 2019, a network of Democratic activists are building a coalition to recruit like-minded candidates to run for local, state and federal office and change what they call the “broken culture” on Beacon Hill.
Progressive Lab aims to assemble a roster of progressive candidates at the local level, and they plan to target key players in the legislature, too. The activists say they are frustrated with the way some planks of the state Democratic Party platform are handled. They are pushing for more action on issues including education funding, immigration reform, abortion access and transparency in the legislative process.
“We’re very angry at the way politics are being done on Beacon HIll, and are actively recruiting and mentoring primary candidates for legislators that are within House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s inner circle,” Progressive Lab member Michael Bakshi wrote in the Progressive Lab Facebook group, according to a screenshot shared with POLITICO. The group is also advising Ihssane Leckey, a Democratic socialist who is running against Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Bakshi wrote.
Progressive Lab includes volunteers from the 2018 campaigns of Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins and state Rep. Nika Elugardo, among others. Some members of the Progressive Lab group belong to the Democratic Socialists of America, and others are from Our Revolution - Massachusetts, the spinoff group from Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential run.
Most of the group’s office-seekers plan to run for municipal office, three women plan to run for legislature seats, and two more are looking at Rep. Seth Moulton’s seat in the 6th Congressional District, according to Progressive Lab member Solomon Steen, of Somerville. Many are playing the long game and are “interested in electing more people like Rachael Rollins” years down the road, Steen said.
Progressive Lab members are working with one woman who plans to run against House Minority Leader Brad Jones, but they are not not just focused on knocking out Republicans. Members are encouraging progressives to run against DeLeo’s allies, and against “Baker Democrats” who supported Gov. Charlie Baker’s 2018 reelection campaign against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez.
Democratic support for Baker has been source of tension for some members of the party. For example, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, a Democrat, is not invited to speak at the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention when it comes to his city in September, partly because he endorsed Baker in a television ad. Sarno challenger Yolanda Cancel is a member of the Progressive Lab private Facebook group. Some members of the group shared a list of more than a dozen “Baker Democrats” in an online document, which includes Ways and Means chair state Sen. Michael Rodrigues, Rep. Lori Trahan and state Rep. David Nangle.
Steen stressed that Progressive Lab won’t formally endorse candidates. Instead, the group aims to connect like-minded Democrats with one another and with training opportunities. “We have a lot of institutional memory as activists. We see promising progressives candidates, young women and people of color, who try to run,” Steen said. “They’re not getting this benefit of years of experience.”
“A lot of progressive candidates often have issues with committing to doing the fundraising necessary to do a viable campaign. We really want to make sure people understand the logistical challenges in doing that and are getting networked with people who have experience working on campaigns,” Steen added.