Raaheela previously ran for the Prince George’s County Board of Education, District 5 in 2012. This journey began in January 2012 and ended with the November 6, 2012 general election. From January to April, she campaigned heavily for the primary nomination and ended up being the #1 vote-getter among the group of 5 candidates, beating out even the incumbent with about 1,000 votes. Raaheela faced the incumbent once more in November 2012. Over the span of the campaign, she went door-to-door at over 7,000 homes, made over 300 constituent phone calls and visited dozens of community events. The count for the general election was close: 53% vs. 47% favoring the opponent – the incumbent and 5 time Chair of the Board. Although she lost, Raaheela received the support of over 23,000 people. She hopes to win support as the people’s candidate once more in 2016!
In the 2013 legislative session, Raaheela interned for a Maryland State Senator in Annapolis, MD. There, she researched proposed bills and created drafts for constituents concerns on such legislation, met with legislators to gauge support for certain pieces of legislation and learned about policy-making through conversations with the Senator, committee meetings, lobbyists online literature, and floor proceedings.
Raaheela was the 2014-2015 Student Regent on the Board of Regents for the entire University System of Maryland (USM). The USM consists of 12 institutions and 2 regional centers. Raaheela was the student voice for over 120,000 college students on this policy-making, budget analyzing Board.
USM Regional Centers