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DC Muslim Caucus Endorses Orange, Others for April 26 Special Elections

This story comes to us from Talib Karim:

Washington D.C. – Members of the District’s diverse Muslim community announced their endorsements for the April 26th District of Columbia Special Elections.  The Muslim Democratic Caucus’ “One DC Slate” of endorsed candidates consists of Vincent Orange, bidding to become the next At-Large DC Councilmember, D. Kamili Anderson for the Ward 4 State Board of Education post, and Anthony Muhammad seeking to succeed the late William Lockridge as Ward 8 District School Board Member.


The endorsements of the District’s Muslim Caucus come on the heels of a Candidates Forum held at Howard University in commemoration of the DC Emancipation Day on April 16, 2011.  This forum was hosted by the DC Muslim Democrats in coalition with a diverse cross-section of District civic groups including the DC Young Democrats, Washington Teachers' Union, and local lawyers’ organizations.


All leading candidates for At-Large Council, minus Republican Patrick Mara, attended the Emancipation Day forum and made points appreciated by the Muslim Democratic Caucus.  However, Vincent Orange’s strong support for ensuring a diverse District workforce and contractor base most impressed the Caucus, according to its Chairman, Talib I. Karim.  “Orange committed to not only push for greater opportunities for Muslims and other underrepresented groups such as ex-offenders in District government, but he vowed to back them up if they come under undue attack,” said Karim.


Motivating the Muslim Caucus’ choice was Karim’s recent experience in government.  This year, Karim a health lawyer was appointed as a top official in District’s Health Finance agency only to be forced from his post after a tabloid-like City Paper report published details of Karim’s complex divorce and other past private issues that had no bearing on his otherwise stellar government service.  While Karim’s untimely exit from District government was a disappointment to the Muslim community, the Caucus’ endorsement is a sign of political maturity and resilience says Amin Muslim, Secretary of the DC Muslim Democratic Caucus.  “When Muslims in Africa, Arabia, and other places around the world are risking their very lives for political freedom and reform, certainly Muslims in the so-called Capitol of Democracy (DC) can’t be deterred in the face of obstacles in our path to full inclusion and equal opportunity,” commented Muslim.