• Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic Party nomination for the US House of Representatives in Michigan on Tuesday.
• She will run unopposed in November, putting her on course to become the first Muslim woman in Congress.
• The 42-year-old is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, having been forcibly removed for heckling him at a luncheon two years ago.
Detroit: Former Michigan state lawmaker Rashida Tlaib, 42, has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for a US House seat, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.
No Republicans or third-party candidates ran in Tuesday’s District 13 primary race, meaning Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants is set to win the seat in November’s election.
Tlaib’s campaign includes providing Medicare for all, securing a $15 state minimum wage, and fighting big corporations for worker and union rights. Twitter
She would take the spot held since 1965 by John Conyers, who stepped down in December citing health reasons amid charges of sexual harassment.
Tlaib defeated five other candidates to win the nomination to run for a full term representing the heavily Democratic district.
Sally Howell is director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
She calls the win “a huge victory for the Arab and Muslim-American communities.”
Who is Rashida Tlaib
The Detroit-born daughter of Palestinian immigrants has also described difficulties being Muslim in Trump’s America.
She will run unopposed in November, as the Republican Party has not put forward a candidate to contest the seat.
Tlaib is poised to take the seat previously held by John Conyers, the Democratic congressman who left his seat in December following multiple sexual-harassment allegations.
Conyers had been in Congress representing various Michigan districts since 1965.
Tlaib had won 33.2% of the votes as of early Wednesday morning, The New York Times reported, with 96% of the votes counted.
The first runner-up, Brenda Jones, trailed her by more than 3,000 votes.
The 42-year-old progressive candidate, who was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrants, isn’t new to politics.
She was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2008 to 2014, when she hit her term limit.
She then worked as an attorney at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, an employees-rights group.
Source: Gulf News