FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2018
Emgage PAC Helps Candidates Secure Nominations in Historic Michigan Elections
Canton, MI – Emgage PAC, the first and largest American Muslim federal PAC, rallied Muslim Americans from across Michigan to help its endorsed candidates secure victories in a primary election with an unprecedented turnout, including among the Muslim community.
Emgage PAC endorsee Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic primary election for U.S. Congress in Michigan’s 13th congressional district, which is the seat vacated by longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers. Her victory puts Tlaib on the path to make history as one of the first Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress. Tlaib, a Palestinian American, is a former Michigan state legislator and a civil rights attorney and an outspoken critic of the Trump administration. There are no Republican candidates running in the November general election from the 13th district.
Nada Al-Hanooti, Executive Director of Emgage Action Michigan, noted, “We are incredibly proud of Rashida Tlaib and the energized, strong grassroots campaign that she ran. We look forward to having Rashida be the voice of the people in Washington, D.C. as she reminds her Congressional colleagues that Americans want to be united around issues that impact the health and safety of their families and not divided by hate and bigotry.”
Although Emgage PAC endorsee Dr. Abdul El-Sayed lost to Gretchen Whitmer in the Democratic primary election for governor, he ran a campaign that electrified and engaged the Muslim American community in Michigan and garnered national attention. Dr. El-Sayed was running to become the first American Muslim governor to serve in the United States.
In state and local races, six candidates endorsed by Emgage PAC won their primary elections, including Stephanie Chang, Abdullah Hammoud, Matt Koleszar, Darrin Camilleri, Mari Manoogian and Sam Baydoun.
Emgage PAC endorsed these candidates in federal, state and local races because of their opposition to policies like the Trump administration’s Muslim ban and their belief that Michigan is a state that is inclusive and stands against bigotry, hate, and xenophobia.
Over the last months, Emgage PAC engaged in a robust effort to organize and mobilize American Muslims. Emgage Action CEO Wael Alzayat said, “This year, the American Muslim community showed that they are not intimidated by bigotry and Islamophobia by making their voices heard at the polls.” Emgage PAC’s efforts organized dozens of volunteers who registered voters, knocked on doors, distributed voter and endorsement guides and made calls from across the country into Michigan to encourage the nearly 120,000 Muslim American voters to go to the polls.
Emgage Action is the leading American Muslim civic and political engagement organization. Emgage PAC is a bipartisan, nationally based political action committee that supports state and federal candidates, primarily in battleground states, based on their support for civil rights, minority rights and a diverse America where underrepresented communities are seen as a part of the social fabric of our nation. For more information visit www.emgagepac.org.