BY: JENNY YU
As we go further into the 2018 election cycle, this is a name that will be making headlines more and more: Fayrouz Saad. At 34 years old, she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for Michigan’s 11th congressional district. If she wins, she will be the first Muslim woman in congress. This is a seat previously held by David Trott that will be up for grabs in the next election. I had the opportunity to chat with Ms. Saad about her passion to serve others, her hope for youth’s political involvement, and her campaign platform.
Saad’s engagement in politics began at a young age. She fondly remembers registering new citizens to vote outside naturalization ceremonies with her sister. This passion continued throughout college when she started interning on John Kerry’s campaign. She went on to work for the Obama Administration and became the Director of Immigrant Affairs for Detroit. Saad gives credit to her experience when asked how her background makes her a good candidate for the position. Because of her experiences, not only has she helped draft and pass legislation, but she has helped implement it as well. This expertise helped her to better understand what works and what doesn’t work in politics. Saad was eventually inspired to run for the house seat when she realized that there were practically no politicians who shared her cultural background, rendering many of her political views underrepresented. She is excited to bring a new perspective to the table and to better diversify the group of lawmakers in D.C.