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April 29, 2017



EmergeUSA cohosted the first debate for the Virginia gubernatorial Democratic primary to continue their mission to empower and engage American Muslim voters.

Fairfax, VA – EmergeUSA and the Fairfax County Democratic Committee teamed up to host the first debate of the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial Democratic election. On Saturday, Virginians had the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and Former U.S. Representative Tom Perriello.

Incumbent Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) is term limited, and all eyes are on the Virginia gubernatorial race for what it will mean for electoral politics in 2018. Additionally, some are saying the Virginia race will be a referendum on the President’s first few months in office. Regardless, the race is heating up with contested primaries on both sides of the aisle.

The candidates took the stage to discuss their stances on political issues and their vision for Virginia as Governor. With both candidates having experience in the public and private sectors, Democratic Virginians have a tough choice to make.

However, at a time when hate crimes against minorities have been increasing, it’s more important than ever for the American Muslim community to be knowledgeable and involved in electoral politics. EmergeUSA was thrilled to provide the opportunity for the Muslim community in northern Virginia to engage directly with the gubernatorial candidates.

“These town hall and debate opportunities are vital for meeting with candidates, and for the candidates to get to know this community,” said EmergeUSA CEO Wa’el Alzayat recently. “This opportunity to engage with Lt. Gov. Northam and Former Rep. Perriello was pivotal for many in our community to help decide who to vote for in the Democratic primary.”

Data shows that American Muslims are a growing voter bloc, and that elected officials and candidates should include them in outreach opportunities. EmergeUSA looks forward to continue working with candidates on both sides of the aisle to ensure engagement with the American Muslim community.



At a time when hate crimes against Muslims and other minorities in the U.S. are on the rise, EmergeUSA is on the frontlines. We seek to engage, educate and empower American Muslim communities across the nation through educational events, voter initiatives, and leadership development for the purpose of creating a community of equitable, knowledgeable and motivated citizens. For more information or to donate, please visit


Contact: Sumaiya Ahmed
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