(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 11/2/16) â€“ The San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center (MCECC) recently held a successful â€œCandidate Forumâ€ attended by 25 candidates for public office. Some 250 community members attended the forum.
A welcome address was offered by Dr. Amir Ehsan, president of MCECC. The forum was moderated by Sarwat Husain, president CAIR-SA.
Both Democratic and Republican Party candidates were asked to make a brief statement and answer questions from the audience.
“Candidate debates are a key component of a political campaign because they provide voters with an opportunity to hear the candidates discuss important issues, illustrate the differences between candidates and provide candidates with information on what is important to their constituents,” said Sarwat Husain. “These events provide an important public service. There are 30,000 Muslims living in San Antonio, and the vast majority are registered voters. Candidates that missed attending the forum are at risk of losing these crucial votes.
CAIR is Americaâ€™s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.Â Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper