Hey! My name is Jazari Kual Zakaria,
and I am running for Nebraska's first Congressional seat in the
United States House of Representatives!
First and foremost, I am a community member just like you. I was born here in the United States shortly after my family immigrated here as refugees from South Sudan. I grew up in Lincoln, attending elementary, middle, and high school in this beautiful city. I am currently a double major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I will be the first college graduate in my family with not one but two degrees. In broadcasting media production and journalism, with a minor in English.
Kenneth Ferriera, Journal Star
Over the years, I have used my talents to creatively give back to the community. I am a videographer, photographer, live streamer, and all-around content creator by day. I have worked with several different media publications as a contributor and correspondent. I take pride in being a community reporter and covering events and topics affecting our community.
In addition, I have advocated for various groups and causes using my online presence, reaching a broader audience.
I participate in many hunger relief efforts here in Lincoln. For example, I am a co-founder of LNK Freedges, which aims to eradicate food insecurity by placing mini-refrigerators around town full of food for those who need it to take. My team members and I created this venture during our enrollment in Leadership Lincoln's 14th Advocates cohort.
I currently sit on two different non-profit boards and have received back-to-back nominations for a Young Lincoln Leader Award.
I, myself, see running for office as a form of service. A responsibility to take our energy and passion to the next level and create the change we all seek. There are so many issues that I am passionate about fixing that affect my community and me. That adds so much gravity and relatability to my run in this race.
If we give up the fight and lay down our pens, we are renouncing our rights as the authors of a bright and golden future.
I truly hope the people of Nebraska's First Congressional District grant me their vote and trust me to represent them in the hallowed halls of our nation's Capital.