If Andre Carson wins the Seventh Indiana Congressional district seat, he will be the second Muslim elected to Congress and the first to represent the state of Indiana.
Carson, 33, is the Democratic candidate in the special election for his late grandmother Rep. Julia Carson’s seat on March 11.
While Carson is a member of the Muslim community, he does not want his faith to be what defines him.
“Andre wants to represent the people and the important issues they are facing.” said Kyra Jennings, Carson’s press secretary and official spokesperson. “The campaign is not specifically focused on his faith.”
Carson’s grandmother, Julia, had a major impact on his life.
“His grandmother was a huge influence on who he is,” Jennings said. “He wants to be able to carry on her proud tradition of public service.” (MORE)