Making US history: ‘First-ever’ Muslim-majority council elected in Michigan town

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
By Paul Martin
10 Nov, 2015

In what is a true milestone for the US, shifting demographics have led to a traditionally Polish-Catholic city in Michigan electing ‘the first-ever’ Muslim-majority council in America’s history.

The city of Hamtramck held a recent election, with a total of six candidates vying for three seats. The top three vote-winners were all Muslim. The result is now a six-member council, with four of the members Muslims. Two of the councilors were incumbent and one seat occupied by a Muslim was not up for re-election.

According to the Detroit Free Press, some believe the city is ‘the first in the US’ with a Muslim majority on its city council: three of the representatives are of Bangladeshi descent and a fourth if of Yemeni heritage.

“Hamtramck has made history,” community leader Bill Meyer said. “The election was far from close, with the three Muslim winners each gaining over 1,000 votes, while the other three candidates garnered less than 700 votes each.”

The Muslim candidates told the Free Press that they promise to represent every resident, regardless of race or creed.

“I represent every single citizen in Hamtramck,” said Councilman Musa, who came in second.

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