PEARLAND, Texas — A woman running for city council in Pearland believes she is being targeted online because she’s a Muslim.
That woman is Dalia Kasseb, who went block by block Tuesday afternoon to try and pick up last minute supporters.
“We’re a very diverse community, and that diversity needs to show up in our community,” Kasseb said.
For example, an article from The Atlantic titled “How American Muslims Are Trying to Take Back Their Government” was shared on Facebook by Pealand ISD trustee Rusty Deborde days ago.
Deborde also posted the comment, “Please spread the word. This is happening this election cycle right here in Pearland.”
Deborde declined KHOU 11’s repeated requests for comment.
Ex-city councilman Kevin Cole shared the same article, echoing similar thoughts to Deborde. Cole tells KHOU 11 News it’s not an issue of “religion, race or gender with anyone that decides to run for political office in Pearland or anywhere else.”
He says his concern is with the Islamic Society of North America, who he believes is targeting this and other political races around Texas.
Kasseb in the meantime is pushing forward.
“Muslims are a huge part of the community,” she said. “We are your doctors, we are your healthcare professionals, we are the engineers and the business owners and we are here because we love America and we love our community.
Kasseb decided to run a few months back for the position. She says it’s being created because of the expansion of the west side of town.
More via May 6 election results
The most contested race of the election cycle is Pearland City Council position No. 7, which had six contestants running for the newly created council position. Because no contestant secured at least 50 percent of the vote, a run-off election will be held in June.
Shadow Creek Ranch resident Dalia Kasseb secured 40.78 percent percent of the vote. Kasseb will run against Woody Owens who received 21.05 percent of the vote.
“We’re going to keep at it keep sending our positive messages, keep talking to people and hearing their voices. We’re going to keep talking about the real issues and keep everything positive. That’s the main thing I want my campaign to be,” Kasseb said. “People in Pearland want diversity; they see that change coming in the future, and I’m going to keep fighting to make sure the voices of Pearland are going to be represented in council.”
If elected in a run-off, Kasseb would be the first Muslim elected to public office in Pearland and Brazoria County.
Wiltz and Jones were Project LIFT candidates. Dalia Kasseb was not, but as that second story notes she received support from the Brazoria County Democratic Party and had done a lot of campaigning in tandem with Wiltz. My guess is there was at least one other Democrat in that race, and I won’t be surprised if she gets a TDP nod for the runoff.
They say everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the Muslim invasion and infiltration. Texas is a leading destination for Muslim refugees, legal invaders and illegals.
A twitter user added:
- Early voting: May 30th – June 6
- Election Day is Saturday, June 10
Muslims are taking over government positions across the country, bringing their sharia tendencies and Islamization to elected office. See recent posts in California, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey, Minnesota here and here, California again and Arizona to cite a few recent examples.