Muslim Man Elected Member of the Philadelphia City Commission in Pennsylvania

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Muslim Man Elected Member of the Philadelphia City Commission in Pennsylvania

Omar Sabir (D) was one of three candidates recently elected as a member of the Philadelphia City Commission in Pennsylvania.

According to reports

Two incumbents — Democrat  Lisa Deeley and Republican Al Schmidt (who ran unopposed) — won the race handily.

Grassroots activist Omar Sabir emerged from the slate of highly qualified candidates to win the third seat with the highest percentage of the vote — 24.51%, over 70,000 voters.

During the election, Sabir was endorsed by Emgage Action, an organization with the goal of increasing the number of Muslim Americans serving in government at all levels.

According to reports

Sabir, architect of the popular Vote Philly Vote organization was the first Muslim with an Islamic name to win a judgeship in the state of Pennsylvania. Although the Traffic Court was abolished in 2013, just prior to Sabir beginning his tenure, the huge margin of his Democratic primary victory showed the reach of his appeal, passion and support. As the Founder of Vote Philly Vote, Omar aims to incrementally increase voter turnout across the city of Philadelphia until more than 90% of all registered voters participate in all city elections. All of these experiences give Omar the qualifications needed to lead as a Philadelphia City Commissioner.


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