MD MUSLIM CANDIDATE ADVANCES TO GENERAL ELECTION
In District 39, political newcomer Saqib Ali, a 30-year-old North Potomac resident, beat incumbent Del. Joan F. Stern by about 6 percent with 4,205 votes in the Democratic House primary.
Ali was behind incumbent delegates Charles E. Barkley of Germantown and Nancy J. King of Montgomery Village. The top three vote-getters will advance to the general election in the House of Delegates race to face off against Republicans David Nichols, Gary Scott and Bill Witham, all of Gaithersburg.
Throughout the race Ali said he would invigorate the District 39 delegation, bringing energy and fresh ideas to Montgomery County and the state.
He repeated the message that what set him apart from his fellow candidates is at the same time what brings him closer to ''the face of Montgomery County."
''I'm in an interracial and interfaith marriage, I'm a professional, I'm sort of middle income and I live in a diverse world," he said during his campaign. ''I have feet in a lot of different worlds. I can be a bridge between different communities."