1st U.S. Muslim city council vows to 'represent everybody'

From the Associated Press

A diverse Detroit enclave known for its Polish heritage will have what’s believed to be the nation’s first Muslim-majority City Council.

Hamtramck, Mich.

Hamtramck, Mich.

Hamtramck residents on Tuesday elected Yemeni-American Saad Almasmari and re-elected Bangladesh natives Abu Musa and Anam Miah. They join  Bangladeshi member Mohammed Hassan.

Muslims now hold four of the council’s six seats in a city that was settled by Germans, became predominantly Polish in the early 1900s and now has a slight majority of Muslims from Yemen, Bangladesh and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Almasmari tells television stations WDIV and WXYZ they will “represent everybody.”

University  of Michigan-Dearborn associate professor Sally Howell, an expert on Michigan and U.S. Muslims, tells The Associated Press she’s unaware of another Muslim-majority council. The council in nearby Dearborn has an Arab-American majority but not all are Muslim.


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