(SACRAMENTO, CA, 10/14/04) – Some 200 members of the Sacramento Valley Muslim community attended a recent Voter Education and Candidates’ Forum at the SALAM Community Center in Sacramento. The Forum, organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV), was designed to educate the community about the importance of voting and to give candidates the opportunity to address the Muslim community’s concerns.
“We hope this forum encourages increased voter participation by the Muslim community and results in more informed decisions at the polls in November,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra.
The forum featured candidates Dave Jones (D) and Gaspar Garcia (R), who are running for California State Assembly District 9. The second part of the program featured former Congressman and California Attorney General Dan Lungren (R) and Gabe Castillo (D), who are running for the U.S. House of Representatives District 3.
The Nader-Camejo Presidential campaign coordinator Dr. Forrest Hill also addressed the audience.
The question and answer session, which followed the candidates’ presentations, showed that issues such as civil rights, foreign policy, education, and health care are of primary concern to the Muslim community.
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