My name is Mika Jayne Covington.
- a human being who has a tremendous passion for making this world a better place for all.
- I am a person who lives with cystinosis and who is a sexual assault survivor,
- a human rights activist,
- a feminist,
- a student,
- a fighter,
- and a socialist.
As a transgender person (my preferred gender pronouns are she, her, hers or they/them) I plan to continue working to end anti-LGBTQIA+ bias on campus and helping fill the education gap in Iowa on LGBTQIA+ issues and history. I plan to fight for Free College for All, Medicare for All, and transgender equality.
I am passionate about creating progressive political change because I have experienced the detrimental effects of discrimination, harassment, and oppression. I also know how not having access to health care can cause a chronic disease to get worse like my disease did and I look forward to a future where everyone has the right to vote, has full and equal human rights, and access to high-quality health care.
I am a college student at the University of Iowa studying psychology. I have been a Democratic Party activist and organizer since 2010 working on Mayoral campaigns to working for President Obama as an organizing fellow with Organizing for America (OFA). Recently, I have volunteered with Organizing for Action (OFA) as a spring fellow and worked for the progressive change we voted for in 2012. I am a former Pottawattamie County Democratic Party Affirmative Action chair.
I am a former Field Organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign and at the Iowa State Democratic Convention in 2016 I ran for Democratic Nation Committee person and won a significant number of votes making me a strong challenger to the Democratic party establishment.
This is my story, and it continues.