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US elections: 55 American Muslims were elected to local, state, and national positions


The group estimates that 128 Muslims ran in the 2018 election at all levels of government from very local (precinct captains) to national (U.S. senators). Of the 55 elected American Muslims, 11 belong to California.

Michigan Democrat Socialist Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party became the first Muslim women in the U.S. Congress. André Carson was re-elected and former Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison won his bid for state attorney general.

Pakistani-American Hasan Jaleesi belonging to Democratic Party became the state assembly member of Maryland for the second time consecutively.

5 Muslim American women became the members of the local office in the Bay area of California in the midterm election. Sabina Zafar was elected San Ramon City Council member, Farrah Khan became council member from Irvine City Council from California itself. Ayesha Wahab was elected for Hayward city council, while Maimona Afzal was elected for Franklin-McKinley Board of Education. Javed Ellahie was elected as a member of Monte Sereno City Council in Santa Clara County. Maimuna Afzal has been elected member of Franklin McKinley School Board. Cheryl Sudduth elected as West Country Wastewater district director in West County.

Before the Midterm elections were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, only one Muslim woman Azeez Akbari could become the member of local councils, penal and board.

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