The Montgomery County Muslim Council kicked off the 2018 election season by hosting a forum that included candidates from all political parties running in Maryland's 6th Congressional District race. The event was held at the Potomac Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 23
MCMC designed the event with goals to get more members of the Muslim community involved in the political process and learn how candidates plan to combat what MCMC calls growing anti-Muslim sentiment and bigotry. "We wanted to get to meet the candidates and for them to hear about our concerns," MCMC Chair S. Qaisar Shareef said. "We wanted to get our community involved in the electoral process at this early stage. Over the coming months we will be looking very carefully to see how the various candidates show their willingness to represent the concerns being expressed by minority communities in the current environment of rising hate in the country."
Addressing the candidates, MCMC President Shafiq Khan asked the candidates to help protect the Muslim community against racism – a growing problem the group says has gotten worse since the 2016 elections, against individuals, community programs and Muslim institutions.