6 Reasons To Support Fayrouz Saad, The (Hopefully) 1st Muslim Congresswoman

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The candidate for Michigan's 11th district is a champion for progressive causes.

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With enough votes, Fayrouz Saad is about to make history as the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress.

If elected, her victory will help solidify her mission to get people from all backgrounds a seat at the table.

But that’s not the only reason you should vote for her. Here are six reasons you should support Fayrouz Saad for Congress.

1. SHE HAS THE RIGHT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

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Saad, the 34-year-old daughter of Lebanese immigrants, received degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Saad has served at the local, state, and federal level, including working for the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama administration.

2. SHE IS A CHAMPION FOR PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL VALUES

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Saad calls herself "unapologetically progressive.”

"We need elected officials to talk about a number of issues. Healthcare and education are rights; having a livable wage, a job that pays you well so that you can afford to own your home and take care of your family," she told Refinery29. "These are things that should be rights in this country and we need elected officials who also believe in that."

3. SHE CARES ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS — AND HER PLATFORM PROVES IT

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Saad's platform includes raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, guaranteeing federally paid family leave and childcare subsidies, protecting DACA Dreamers from deportation, improving the Affordable Care Act, and procuring Medicare for All.

4. SHE VOWS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN DREAM

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"My parents came here simply in search of the American Dream,” Saad told Refinery29. "I always thought that I would eventually run for office, but Donald Trump certainly sped up my timeline because for the first time in my entire life I see that American Dream threatened."

5. SHE WANTS TO INSPIRE MORE WOMEN TO RUN FOR OFFICE

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"I want young girls to grow up in a world in which it doesn't even occur to them that they can't run for office one day," Saad told Refinery29.

6. SHE WANTS TO CHANGE THE FACE OF LEADERSHIP IN AMERICA

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As a Muslim woman of color, Saad knows firsthand what it feels like to be excluded, attacked, and demonized for her identity.

That is why she believes in paving the way for people of all backgrounds to have the opportunity to serve in public office.

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