Arab American political action committee
AAPAC honors former congressman John Dingell. October 24, 2014
AAPAC will issue more endorsements for other races in the coming days.
DEARBORN — Following the organization’s 17th annual banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 22, members of the Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) voted to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. Both Schauer and Gov. Rick Snyder had sought AAPAC’s endorsement.
The dinner took place at the Bint Jebail Cultural Center.
AAPAC announced its endorsements for all other offices in the Nov. 4 election two weeks ago, but opted to wait until after the annual banquet before making a decision about the governor’s race.
Schauer spoke at the event. Gov. Snyder had also been invited, but did not attend. Instead, Michael Zimmer, acting director for the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, addressed the crowd on his behalf. Continue reading ...
Paul Sophiea (R)
for 15th District state representative
AAPAC members interview a state rep. candidate, May 25.
Abdullah Hammoud (D)
for 15th District state representative
Attorney Abbie Bazzi
for Dearborn's 19th District Court Judge
DEARBORN — The Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) has selected its endorsements in two key local races for the primary election, which will take place on Tuesday, August 2.
Formed in 1998, AAPAC's membership consists of a diverse group of Arab American professionals who work to organize and encourage the political activities of Arab Americans.
They lobby on behalf of Arab American political causes that may be of concern to the community and bring these issues to the attention of the candidates, before deciding on appropriate endorsements.
Over the last several weeks, AAPAC has been conducting a series of endorsement interviews with candidates for various offices.
The organization only interviews candidates who submit a written request asking for an endorsement. Candidates must obtain two-thirds of the votes by members who are in good standing with the organization, according to its by-laws.
On Wednesday evening, the organization held a meeting at The AANews office to vote on endorsements. The members discussed and debated the merits of the various candidates and their positions before casting their votes. Continue reading ...
A group photo of honorees and AAPAC officials, 10.29.2015
DEARBORN — The Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) has begun its process of interviewing candidates to determine who will receive the organization's endorsement before the August 2 primary.
Formed in 1998, AAPAC consists of a diverse group of Arab American professionals who work to organize and encourage the political activities of Arab Americans. They lobby on behalf of Arab American political causes that may be of concern to the community and bring those issues before candidates seeking office.
Every election season, the organization conducts interviews with candidates who seek AAPAC's endorsement. Candidates are required to submit an endorsement request in writing.
AAPAC members then conduct extensive research on the candidates' political histories, which includes voting records, public statements and positions they may have taken on various issues in previous years.Continue reading ...
DEARBORN — The Arab American community’s political achievements were heard loud and clear on Wednesday October 28 at the Arab American Political Action Committee’s (AAPAC) 18th annual banquet at the Bint Jebail Cultural Center, as several Arab American elected officials stood on the stage to be recognized.
AAPAC gathered more than a dozen Arab American candidates who were elected to public office in previous years after being endorsed by the organization. Many of these elected officials are, or were, also AAPAC members themselves.
The Arab American officials on the stage included Dearborn School Board Trustees Mariam Bazzi and Fadwa Alawieh Hammoud, Dearborn City Council President Susan Dabaja, Dearborn Councilman Mike Sareini, 19th District Court Judge Sam Salamey, 20th District Court Judge David Turfe, Continue reading ...