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CAIR Welcomes Inauguration of Muslim Woman as Mayor in Maine 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 12/6/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the inauguration of a Muslim woman as mayor of South Portland, Maine. 

South Portland Councilor Deqa Dhalac will be inaugurated as mayor later today at a city council meeting. 

“We welcome the inauguration of Mayor Deqa Dhalac as a sign of the increasing civic involvement of the American Muslim community,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We hope Mayor Dhalac will help inspire a new generation of American Muslims as they take an increasing role in building a better society.”  

He noted that earlier this year, CAIR, Jetpac and MPower Change released a comprehensive report of all Muslim-identifying candidates who ran for public office in 2020. In that election cycle, a record number of 181 Muslim candidates ran for office in 28 states and Washington D.C.  

SEE: CAIR, Jetpac, MPower Change Release Groundbreaking Report on American Muslim Candidates in 2020 Election Cycle  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.            

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.           

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, 

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