Election 2004: Muslim to Run for State House


Jamil Imran believes Gwinnett County is ready for him.

A Bangladesh-born Muslim, Imran is campaigning for state House District 69, which runs along I-85 to Ga. 316. If he wins, he would be the sole Muslim in the state Legislature, and the only representative from the Indian subcontinent.

"Gwinnett County is growing fast," he said. "There are a lot of Indian, Pakistani and South Asians moving here. It's a very diverse county, and a very diverse district. But I'm not just running as a Bangladeshi-American.
I'm running as an American and as a Democrat."

It's not just a diverse district, it's the most diverse district in the state, said the incumbent state Rep. Curt Thompson, a Democrat. Thompson is running for a state Senate seat.

According to the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the district has about 88,500 people, and is about 47 percent white --- including Hispanics --- 25 percent black, about 13 percent Asian and about 15 percent other groups.

The district is considered a Democratic district --- assuming its boundaries stay the same after the state House and Senate maps are redrawn, said Gwinnett Democratic Chairman Mike Berlon...

 


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