Much of the attention on Chicago’s local elections February 22 is focused on the race for mayor. Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and former Senator Carol Moseley Braun lead a list of candidates seeking the office currently held by Mayor Richard Daley. But in those same elections, an increased number of Muslim American candidates also are seeking positions on Chicago’s city council.
Ahmed Khan is running for alderman (city council member) in Chicago’s 50th Ward. Khan is one of several Muslim American candidates running for office in Chicago. He says he is not deterred by the fact no Muslim American has previously won election to the city council.