Much about Amir Omar, one of Richardson's newest City Council members, is a contradiction.
His parents, who grew up Shiite and Sunni in radically different home environments. His support base, which combined the city's business elite with those who are often the group's loudest critics.
And his role as politician, a trailblazer believed to be the first Muslim elected to office in North Texas, with a message focused on conservative fiscal policy and attracting young professionals to town.
"Regardless of my audience, my message has been the same: How are we going to solve these issues?" said Omar, 37. "Religion shouldn't be a factor in the way a city councilman should approach his job." (More)