SOUTH WINDSOR, CT–In a historic event of sorts South Windsor elected the Connecticut first Muslim mayor. He was sworn in on Nov.8.
M. Saud Anwar, a doctor specializing in pulmonary and critical-care medicine, will serve as mayor of this town of 26,000 for the next two years.
Currently, he serves as Chair of the Department of Family Practice and Internal Medicine of Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals. His wife, Dr. Yusra Anis-Anwar, maintains a private practice in Internal Medicine in South Windsor. Both of their sons, Taha and Taseen attended elementary and middle schools in South Windsor. Saudâ€™s parents also live in South Windsor.
Dr. Anwar is involved in humanitarian and peace initiatives nationally and internationally. He is frequently invited to consult for our government and has organized medical missions for disaster relief. His efforts have been recognized at the state and federal levels and by several professional organizations. Dr. Anwar has received citations for his service to the State from Governor Rell, Attorney General Blumenthal, Secretary of State Bysiewicz and members of the Connecticut General Assembly.
In addition, Dr. Anwar is an expert on international affairs. He is frequently invited to appear on national and international television. These have included: CNN Wolf Blitzer, CNN Deborah Fayereck, CNN Susan Candiotti, NBC- 30, CTN, Fox-61, Vectone TV â€“UK, Geo TV- Forum, and Voice of America- International.