Farmington–November 9–Yesterdayâ€™s election tallies are in and unfortunately the three local Muslim candidates all lost their elections.
The three were Ahmar Iqbal, running for the Ann Arbor School Board, Amin Hashmi, running for the Troy City Council, and Abdul Latif Muhiuddin, running for the Plymouth-Canton School Board. The three Muslim candidates were in widely divergent districts, with sparse voter turnout in an election which had no national or statewide elections–an election which determined the face of Michiganâ€™s local politics but did not affect the exciting higher levels.
The minimal voter turnout meant that Burtonâ€™s Paula Zelenko would secure her seat as mayor in a hotly contested race with a well-known city councilman–and she would do so winning only 2,500 votes. The mayor of Burton earns approximately $70,000 annually.
The same race saw a Flint mayor who won an election with only 9,000 votes. The salary of the Flint mayor is about $91,000.
Iqbal won about 3,500 votes, earning fifth place out of six. Muhiuddin won about 2,900 votes, placing 10th out of 15. Amin Hashmi won about 1,400 votes, placing last in his election bid.
Iqbal wrote a very gracious concession letter which expressed his belief that 3,000 voters had chosen him â€œon merit,â€ because he only shook hands with 500 voters and he won 3,500 votes.
Iqbal expressed that he had learned many lessons through the campaign, and had learned strategies, local politics, and about his own identity, and other important measurements of his own strength as required for a political campaign.
â€œThe best is yet to come for all of us,â€ said Mr. Iqbal.
â€œAgain, thank you for standing by me and I look forward to growing our relationship especially for important community causes.â€