Almost 100 Muslim-Americans have filed to run for federal or state offices in the current election cycle, a surge not seen since before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Associated Press reported Monday.
As many as 90 Muslim-Americans ran for office this year, with about 50 making it through the primaries. Shaun Kennedy, a cofounder of Jetpac, a nonprofit that helps train Muslim-American candidates, told AP that that’s a big jump from the dozen Muslim-Americans who ran for office in 2016.
Nine candidates for Congress are still campaigning, Jetpac said. Another 18 are still running for state legislature, and 10 others are running for offices such as governor, mayor, and city council member. Others are focused on winning seats on local planning boards or school committees.