Political candidates at the state and local levels are courting voters in northern Virginia’s Muslim community.

More than 70 candidates for the Virginia General Assembly and county offices showed up Saturday in Reston to tout their records and issue campaign promises to the fast-growing community.

The seventh annual “civic picnic” was organized by area mosques to encourage area Muslims to get more involved in local politics.

More than 56,000 Muslims are registered to vote in Northern Virginia, and last year, more than eight in 10 turned out to vote.

A survey of Muslim registered voters last month by the Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee found that 95 percent were concerned about anti-illegal immigrant legislation at the county and state levels.


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