Oye Owolewa is the the Democratic Party nominee for House of Representative in the U.S Capital.
The US House on June 26 voted to end a 210-year injustice and to give equal representation to the 700,000 residents of Washington, DC.
Oye, Per Second News learnt will be a shadowy Rep as the full states status lies in the U.S Senate.
For the first time in history, D.C. statehood was approved by the house, passing the House in a 232-180 vote.
Despite the vote, and increasing support in the Senate, the question of statehood remains unanswered, and likely will until at least after the general election in November.
The vote marked the first time in over 50 years that a house of Congress approved the creation of a new state—Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959. Appropriately designated H.R. 51, the bill would shrink the federal area of the District of Columbia to only encompass areas near the White House and Capitol Hill while creating a new state out of the remainder of D.C., renamed “Douglass Commonwealth.” The state would have one representative, based on its population size, and two senators, like every other state. D.C. currently has one non-voting representative in the House and no representation in the Senate.
Oye Owolewa, is a first-generation Nigerian-American. His parents, born and raised in Nigeria, raised him with 2 guiding principles, a value in community service and an early exposure to science.
This exposure became a love for science, culminating in him achieving a Doctorate of Pharmacy.
Upon completing his degree in pharmacy, Oye moved to Washington, DC to begin practicing pharmacy and impacting the community. Since 2014, he’s been a member of RESET, a coalition of STEM professionals who volunteer in public schools, engaging students through hands-on science experiments. his goal is to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers and become tomorrow’s scientists.
In 2018, Oye was elected commissioner of his neighborhood in Southeast DC. In this position, he served as the medium between the community and the local government.
Oye worked to bring resources to the underserved by advising DC lawmakers based on continued community feedback.
Some of Oye’s most notable achievements were increasing science enrichment programs in Southeast elementary schools, adding traffic safety measures and helping bring a Senior Day Center to the neighborhood.
Oye has dedicated his energy to educate and advocate for DC statehood and equality.
He participated in the historic March 2019 lobby day, resulting in a majority of the House of Representatives supporting DC Statehood for the first time