The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it has counted 26 Muslims who won elections in local and statewide races across America.
Muslim leaders believe they are saving democracy.
“These electoral victories clearly indicate that American Muslims are stepping up and showing their commitment to public service,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We congratulate these Muslim trailblazers who are creating a more inclusive democracy for everyone.”
This month, 26 Muslim candidates across the U.S. — including some in metro Detroit in cities like Hamtramck and Dearborn Heights — won local election races, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A total of 34 Muslim candidates won in 2019. Three Muslims were elected Nov. 5 to Hamtramck City Council, ensuring the six-member council will remain Muslim-majority, which became so four years ago.
Out of the 166 Muslim candidates examined in the study, 29 of them were in Michigan, and out of those, 10 ran for statewide and federal offices, which was the focus of the study. The study was done by professors and researchers at Washington State University, Columbia University, Western Washington University, and Pennsylvania State University, who described it as “a multiplatform study of trolls: social media, fringe media, and the real world.”