Three Muslim rights organizations reported that more than half of the Muslim candidates for positions in the US state councils won the general elections that took place in conjunction with the 2020 presidential elections.
A joint statement issued by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), “Jetpack” and “M Power Change”, on Friday, stated that 57 US Muslim candidates out of 110 who ran for various positions won in the state council elections.
According to the statement, the number of Muslim candidates in this year’s elections is the highest since 2016, and they competed in 24 US states, in addition to Washington, DC.
The statement also indicated that seven of the 57 winners entered history as the first Muslims to be elected to state councils.
In turn, Mohammed Missouri, Executive Director of GetPack, said in a statement: “Increasing our political representation is an important part in defeating the violent escalation of Islamophobia here and around the world because it forces elected officials and the media to include our viewpoint in the narrative of healthcare, the economy, and order Criminal law and every other issue that affects Americans’ lives.
The joint statement said that the three organizations plan to distribute a complete list of candidates for the local, preliminary and general elections after the results of the general elections are announced.