AMP Report – November 7, 2019

26 American Muslim Candidates Win in Nov. 5 Elections

A new report Wednesday (Nov 6) has identified at least 34 Muslim candidates who won elections in local and statewide races across the country. More than 80 Muslims ran for office this year at the local and state level. 26 American Muslims were elected nationwide in Tuesday’s off-year election.

Three civil advocacy groups, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Jetpac, and MPower Change, have jointly prepared this report.

Here is detail of victories of the Muslim candidates on Tuesday:


Pious Ali – Portland City Council (reelection)

Safiya Khalid– Lewiston City Council


Fazlul Kabir – College Park City Council (reelection)


Mehreen Butt – Wakefield Town Council (reelection)

Afroz Khan – Newburyport City Council (reelection)

Sumbul Siddiqui – Cambridge City Council (reelection)


Nadia Mohamed– St. Louis Park City Council

Abdisalam Adam – Fridley School Board (appointed in 2018 to fill a vacant seat but elected by the public for the first time yesterday)

New Jersey

Jamillah Beasley - Irvington Municipal Council (reelection)

Mustafa Al-Mutazzim Brent – East Orange City Council (reelection)

Denise Sanders – Teaneck Board of Education (reelection)

Raghib Muhammad – Montgomery Township Board of Education

Adnan Zakaria – Prospect Park City Council (reelection)

Esllam Zakaria – Prospect Park Board of Education (reelection)


Omar Tarazi – Hilliard City Council


Omar Sabir – Philadelphia City Commission


Buta Biberaj– Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney

Ghazala Hashmi– Senate District 10

Babur Lateef – Prince William County School Board (reelection)

Harris Mahedavi – Loudon County School Board

Abrar Omeish– Fairfax County School Board

Sam Rasoul – House of Delegates District 11 (reelection)

Ibraheem Samirah – House of Delegates District 86 (reelection)

Lisa Zargarpur – Prince William County School Board


Turan Kayaoglu – Puyallup School Board

Zahra Roach – Pasco City Council

In July, CAIR, Jetpac and MPower Change released an updated version of their report, ‘The Rise of American Muslim Changemakers,’ documenting the 323 American Muslims who at that time ran for public office since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the subsequent rise in anti-Muslim bigotry. CAIR and Jetpac note that as of this posting, the number of American Muslims who have run for office since 2016 is 365.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

Jetpac (Justice Education Technology Political Advocacy Center) is a training and educational organization that seeks to build a strong American Muslim political infrastructure and increase the community’s influence and engagement.

MPower Change is one of the largest Muslim-led social and racial justice organizations in the United States. Rooted in the Islamic faith and the Prophetic model, it believes in building a more just world for all people.

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