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 ...
Primary elections 2016
Arab American political action committee
AAPAC members met on July 10, 2018. Members deliberated and voted to endorse the following candidates for August 7 Primary elections :
- Michigan Governor - Abdul El-Sayed - Democrat
- U.S. Rep. 12th District - Debbie Dingell - Democrat
- U.S. Rep. 11th District - Fayrouz Saad - Democrat
- U.S. Rep. 13th District - Rashida Tlaib - Democrat
- Wayne County Commissioner - Sam Baydoun- Democrat
- State Senate 3rd District - Gary Woronchak - Democrat
- State Senate 5th District -David Knezek - Democrat
- State Senate 7th District - Dr. Ghulam Qadir - Democrat
- State Rep. 4th District - Saad Almasmari - Democrat
- State Rep. 9th District - Karen Whitsett - Democrat
- State Rep. 11th District - Randy Walker - Democrat
- State Rep 15th District - Abdullah H. Hammoud - Dearborn - Democrat
- Macomb County Circuit Court Judge - Julie Gatti - Non Partisan
More endorsements for other races will be issued soon. Stay in touch, visit our Facebook page @aapacMI for updates.
A group photo of honorees and AAPAC officials, 10.29.2015
AAPAC members interview a state rep. candidate, May 25.
General elections 2016
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AAPAC endorsements for November 8, 2016 general elections
ENDORSEMENTS 2018 PRIMARY ELECTION
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 ...
GENERAL ELECTIONS -2017
20th Annual Dinner
Dr. Syed Taj (D)
– Canton Township supervisor
Annemarie Hudak (D)
– Canton Township trustee
State Board of Education
(2 open seats)
Ismael Ahmed (D)
John Austin (D)
Wayne County Prosecutor
Kym Worthy (D)
Regional Transit Authority
- Vote yes
Wayne County School millage
- Vote yes
DEARBORN – It was an unfavorable outcome for some new candidates in Dearborn and neighboring cities' primary elections, but some might have another shot at making it into office on Nov. 7.
After a passionate debate on Tuesday, Oct. 17, The Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) endorsed candidates in the general elections for Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Hamtramck and Detroit. Its members sought to give young and new candidates an opportunity to bring about change and to bring Arab American issues to the table in city government.
Dearborn's 19th District Court Judge
Elections 2017: Dearborn Mayoral Interviews
DEARBORN - The Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) resumed its endorsement interviews. They interviewed the two Dearborn mayoral candidates for three hours split equally, incumbent Mayor Jack O’Reilly and challenger Tom Tafelski. AAPAC members questioned the candidates on jobs, safety, diversity, developments and listened to their plans for the next four years. AAPAC will issue an endorsements in this race and other races very soon. A candidate must obtain the support of two third of AAPAC members in good standing in order for them to be endorsed.Type your paragraph here.
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 ...
AAPAC honors former congressman John Dingell. October 24, 2014
DEARBORN — The Arab American Political Action Committee has announced its endorsements in the Nov. 8 general election.
During a meeting with members on Wednesday, September 28, endorsements across numerous races were selected by the voting member body, following months of interviews and background checks on the candidates.
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.
AAPAC endorsements for November 3, 2020 general election
DEARBORN - The Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) will hold its endorsement meeting on July 11. AAPAC will issue endorsements in several local and state races during the meeting. A candidate must obtain the support of two thirds of AAPAC members in good standing in order for him/her to be endorsed. Candidates must request the endorsement formally by letter or email. Those who are interested in AAPAC endorsement this Primary election must submit their requests by email to: Attorney Mona Fadlallah, President. Visit our Facebook page @aapacMI for updates
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 ...
Wayne County Third Circuit Court judge
Brian L. Morrow
Melissa Anne Cox
Michigan Court of Appeals
Judge Kurtis T. Wilder
Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens
Eric Sabree – (D) Wayne County
Andy Meisner – (D) Oakland County
Wayne County Commissioner
Gary Woronchak – (D) District 13
Wayne County Register of Deeds office
Bernard J. Youngblood (D)
U. S. President
Hillary Clinton (D)
Debbie Dingell – (D-Dearborn)
Abdullah Hammoud - (D) District 15
Rosemary Robinson - (D) District 4
Dearborn School Board
- 6-year term (2 open seats)
- 2-year term (one open seat)
Crestwood School Board
36th District Court judge
Kenyetta Stanford Jones
Coral M. Watt (partial term)
AAPAC’s November 2020 endorsements
U.S. President— Biden-Harris
U.S. Senate – Gary Peters
Michigan Supreme Court
Justice Bridget Mary McCormack
– District 12 — Debbie Dingell
– District 13 — Rashida Tlaib
MSU Board of Trustees — Brian Mosallam
Wayne County Prosecutor— Kym Worthy
Wayne County Treasurer — Eric R. Sabree
Oakland County Executive — Dave Coulter
Oakland County Prosecutor — Karen McDonald
Wayne County Commissioner
– 13th District — Sam Baydoun
– Eighth District — David M. Knezek, Jr.
Michigan State Representative
– District 15 — Abdullah Hammoud
– District 4 — Abraham Aiyash
– District 30 — Mike Chehab
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge
— two open seats (Non-Incumbent)
Nicholas John Hathaway
City of Dearborn Heights Treasurer— Robert Constan
Crestwood School Board — two open seats
28th District Court Judge — Elisabeth Mullins
Dearborn School Board — three seats for six-year term
- Khodr Farhat - Irene Watts - Sharifa Galab
One seat for two-year term - Patrick D’Ambrosio