Great Historic Moment, The Election of the First American Muslim Woman to Congress

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The American Arab & Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) extends its congratulations to the winning candidates who were endorsed by our community and secured their trust and support in the 2018 Michigan Primary elections; Rashida Tlabi, Abdullah Hammoud, Sam Baydoun, Isaac Robinson, Debbie Stabenow and Debbie Dingell.

Our community has made history by sending the first American Muslim women to the United States Congress, Rashida Tlaib, who won the Democratic nomination in Michigan’s 13th District.

Though AMPAC has endorsed Dr. Abdul EL-Sayed who lost to Gretchen Whitmer in the Democratic primary election for Governor, Dr. El-Sayed ran an unprecedented campaign that inspired our community to get engaged and participated in larger numbers to vote. Dr. El-Sayed has caught national and global attention as well.

AMPAC efforts has managed to organize American Muslim Community in Dearborn to move the usual average number of voters number from 15% turn-out to newer higher level of 35 % (21052 registered voters in Dearborn).

AMPAC also recognizes the role and efforts of the volunteers who worked tirelessly during this election season. We extend our thanks and appreciation to the numerous community activists and groups who contributed tremendously to the success of the campaign

“AMPAC on behalf of our community salutes and congratulates the winners and wish them success in their endeavors to make Michigan more inclusive and stands against bigotry, hate, and xenophobia as well as working hard towards unity and inclusiveness,” said Mr. Abdallah Sheik AMPAC President. “We acknowledge and salute the tough work of Dr. El-Sayed who ran a unique campaign that motivated people to vote and get involved in the electorate process,” added Mr. Sheik.

We appeal to our community to be more participant and get involved in the next general elections in November. Those who are not yet registered to vote must do so as soon as possible. 170,000 American Muslims are registered to vote in Michigan, however, less than 50% usually vote. The culture of participation must be augmented to produce more results.

The American Arab & Muslim Political Action Committee AMPAC serves as the non-partisan community’s effective vehicle to advance, educate, and advocate for the American Arab and Muslim communities’ interests through empowering & mobilizing at the grass roots and supporting candidates to ensure that critical issues of concern are addressed at all levels of local, state & federal governments.

For more info., please contact Mr. Hasan Newash, 313.586.3400,

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