Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Blog

The dust has settled after Tuesday’s primary elections in Michigan. Redistricting shook up the elections, pitting a number of incumbents against each other in tough races. Despite the tough challenges, Arab American candidates came out on top, winning each of their respective contests.

On the state level, Democrat Rashida Tlaib emerged victorious, winning in the newly-drawn 6th state House district. Tlaib, who currently represents the state’s 12th district, faced tough opposition from fellow State Rep. Maureen Stapleton in the Democratic primary. Leading up to the election, analysts had a tough time predicting the outcome of the race, with the demographic breakdown in the new district favoring Stapleton in some respects and Tlaib in others. In the end, however, it was Tlaib’s tireless grassroots campaigning strategy that earned her the victory. She garnered 52 percent of the vote to Stapleton’s 44 percent. We congratulate Rashida Tlaib on her victory and know that she will serve her new district with the same pride and enthusiasm that she has for the past four years in office.

In Dearborn, Democrat George Darany won his primary in a bid to serve a second term as State Representative from Michigan’s 15th district. Darany has been moving up in the ranks as a public servant. He formerly served as a Member of Dearborn’s City Council from 2007 to 2010. Also in Dearborn, Attorney Sam Salamey won his primary for a seat on the bench of the city’s 19th district court. If he wins in the general election in November, Salamey will be the first Arab American to hold the office. Salamey faces incumbent Judge Richard Wygonik in the general election.

On a federal level, Freshman Republican U.S Representative Justin Amash, a rising star among GOP libertarians, ran unopposed for Michigan’s 3rd district. Rep. Amash has been making a name for himself, implementing a “by the book” adherence to constitutional principles. Rep. Amash is a libertarian and a popular Tea Party figure even though, on many occasions, he votes out of sync with his party. Amash, in his early thirties, has a bright future in politics. AAI congratulates all the candidates who won their primaries and wish them the best of luck in the general election. 

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