Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Blog

Michigan State Representative Democrat Rashida Tlaib is poised to do big things. She’s already had an impressive legislative career and boasts a solid record of proven advocacy on behalf of her diverse constituency in Southwest Detroit and for the state of Michigan. To Arab Americans on both sides of the aisle, Tlaib is a source of pride. She's always been an outspoken supporter of Arab American civil rights and political participation. In the Michigan Democratic Party, Tlaib is also well-known. During the Democratic National Convention, Party chair Mark Brewer picked Tlaib to deliver the Michigan delegation's nomination of President Obama on the floor of the convention center in Charlotte.

So what do all of these credentials mean for Tlaib's future? That is ultimately up to her. But even though Tlaib has not announced or hinted whether or not she has ambitions for higher office, others are floating her name around. In the Detroit Metro Times this week, staff members emphatically embraced the idea of Tlaib running for mayor. Here's what they posted in their Public Square Best of Detroit 2013 section about her:  

Best Example of a Local Politician With True Populist Grit

The Democratic state representative from southwest Detroit first earned our admiration when she stood up to bridge baron Manuel “Matty” Moroun. Ever since, we’ve only seen her come down on the right side (which would be the lefty side) of the important issues facing Detroit, the metro region and the state. She’s also fiercely protective of her constituents’ interests. And she’s willing to lay everything on the line. Literally. There’s no better proof of that than the sit-down protest she led last year, blocking traffic along Fort Street as she and about 30 others showed their opposition to the planned closing of Southwestern High School. We love that sort of fighting spirit. The mainstream media has been pimping mayoral candidate Mike Duggan by repeatedly asking, “Is Detroit ready for a white mayor?” Here’s an even better question, “Is Detroit ready for a Muslim woman to be its mayor?” The answer should be a resounding yes, and we know just the person to fill the bill.

We endorse Tlaib's fighting spirit as well. TheMetro Times' characterization of her passion and advocacy as a legislator is spot on. Since no announcement or indications of an eminent run have come to light, it's clearly premature – perhaps even presumptuous –   to think of Tlaib as a candidate for Mayor. But from the Arab American community's perspective, we can't help but entertain the thought.   

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