(WASHINGTON, D.C, 5/4/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all American Muslim public officials and Muslim candidates running for office at the federal, state and local levels to participate in a survey to establish a benchmark of the number of Muslim officials elected and appointed to office across the nation.
CAIR will use the results of this year-long-rolling-survey to develop an annual report that it hopes will inspire American Muslims to run for public office.
As of April 15, the Washington Post reported that, “more than 90 American Muslims, nearly all of them Democrats, are running for public office across the country this year.” CAIR expects more Muslim candidates to run for office in the next three years leading up to the 2020 national General Election.
“We hope to develop an accurate count for the number of American Muslim political candidates, elected officials and appointees currently serving in office and contributing to the betterment of our nation,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
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