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Six Muslim Candidates Run for Hamtramck City Council

Six Muslim candidates will run next Tuesday for three seats in Hamtramck city council in Michigan, known as the US first-Muslim majority city.

The six Muslim candidates are Nayeem Choudhury, Mohammed Alsomiri, Anam Miah, Abu Musa, Saad Almasmari and Mohammed Hassan, Arab American News reported.

Hassan is a former councilman who ran for mayor a few years back and lost to popular Mayor Karen Majewski.

Along with the six Muslim candidates, other candidates include Justin Jessop, Carrie Beth Lasley, and Robert Zwolak.

Muslims in Hamtramck

Hamtramck city in Michigan is considered America’s first Muslim majority city in population and official levels after it elected its first Muslim-majority city council in 2015.

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The city of around 22,000 was long an enclave for Polish immigrants and their descendants attracted to the area by jobs in the automobile industry.

Now, however, it is 60% Muslim after an influx of Yemenis, Pakistanis, and Bosnians.

About 44 percent of the city are immigrants, the highest percentage of any city in Michigan.

Almost 28 percent of the city is of Asian descent, most of them with roots in Bangladesh, more than 24% is Arab, most of them are Yemeni, 15 percent are African-American, and 1% Hispanic, according to the US Census.