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CAIR-WA: Muslim Civil Rights Group to Hold Washington Secretary of State, OSPI Debates October 24

CAIR logoAudience to include 250+ registered voters, including Muslim veterans, law enforcement, medical professionals, scouts

(SEATTLE, WA, 10/17/2016) — On Monday, October 24, the Washington state Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) will hold debates with secretary of state and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) candidates at Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), 17550 NE 67th Court, Redmond, WA. SEE:   

Distinguished audience members are available for interviews before, during and after the debates.

The OSPI debate between Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal begins at 6:30 p.m. The secretary of state debate between incumbent Republican Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski begins at 7:30 p.m.  KIRO-TV and KHQ-TV will be streaming the debates live on their websites, 

NOTE: CAIR-WA is still seeking media outlets that can broadcast the event live on-air and/or via Facebook Live and online live-stream. Broadcast media outside the Seattle area will be provided access to audio connections or satellite coordinates of source feed. Media professionals wishing to attend and broadcast the event via Facebook Live, web-stream are requested to contact CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari at or 206.931.3655 as far in advance of event as possible. Journalists wishing to attend the debates for news coverage are requested to RSVP prior to the event if possible. 


The audience will be comprised of 250+ registered Washington state Muslim voters, including U.S. military veterans and current personnel in uniform/identifying headwear, hate crime victims, public school teachers, nurses and medical doctors in scrubs and white coats, firefighters, law enforcement in uniform, families with children, and Muslim youth. Interfaith partner, as well as leaders of ethnic and racial minorities will also take part in the debates. All attendees will be required to bring their election ballots with them to the event in order to attend. This will show that attendees are people who are actual voters ready to vote.

Please contact us with the following information:

  • Name of attendee(s) and media outlet
  • Audio feed and outlet needs
  • Camera and camera crew space needs (names of crew would be helpful with RSVP)
  • Parking needs (Lots of free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in venue parking lot and along adjacent streets)

Media credentials and seat assignments will be available at the registration desk at the event.


Event Agenda

5 p.m. Doors open and registration

6:03 p.m. Sunset prayers

6:15 p.m. Doors close for OSPI debate (no entry will be allowed after closure)

6:15 p.m. Welcome and instructions for live audience

6:30 p.m. OSPI debate

7:15 p.m. Break (Media can use break from 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to run commercials/breaking news)

7:20 p.m. Doors close for secretary of state debate (no entry will be allowed after closure)

7:30 p.m. Secretary of state debate

8:15 p.m. Closing remarks (Media can use this time to run commercials/breaking news)

8:25 p.m. Reception

CAIR-WA is a chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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. La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT:  CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari at or 206.931.3655

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