NORTHVILLE— Dr. Ghulam Qadir has announced his run for the open seventh district seat in the Michigan State senate for 2018; locals are well-aware of Qadir as he knocked on nearly 10,000 doors during his run for Northville Board of Trustee last year.
Qadir, a Democrat, has lived in Michigan since 1978 and practices psychiatry.
He served as the chief psychiatrist at the Oakwood Health Care System for 14 years.
Qadir said he’s been interested in politics for a long time. He was involved in the politics of the hospital, and eventually decided that he wanted to run for a local position that would allow him to serve the community in which he lives.
Though he failed to win a seat on the board, he did gain support through his grassroots campaigning.
Qadir said that some of the people he encountered while going door to door last year told him point blank that they didn’t want to talk to him or vote for him. In one instance, a Republican working in his yard told him he’d be voting for another candidate, but when Qadir encountered him again after the election, he said he’d changed his mind and voted for him after all.
The man said he realized Qadir was concerned about the same issues.
Qadir said others had told him similar things.
“I want to give back to the community that has given me so much,” he said.
During Qadir’s campaign, he rallied support to halt the expansion of a Northville landfill, helped to redesign development of a part of Northville at Beck and Five Mile Roads, helped prevent the Toni Morrison book “The Bluest Eye” from being banned from the Northville High School advanced placement course and helped stop an unpopular residential development from taking place at Ridge and Six Mile Roads.
This year, Qadir decided to run for state senate because he is passionate about a number of issues he feels concern voters.
He considers education a particularly important issue.
“I am what I am because of education,” Qadir said. “Education has changed my life and it has changed my family’s life.”
He said his home village in Pakistan had no schools when he was growing up. By continuing on to higher education, he set a model for his village, and now the area has become well-educated.
Pakistan (CS archives) is of course the epicenter of jihad and where terrorists are harbored – not to mention persecuting and killing blasphemers, mostly Christians. That is not to say Qadir has any connection to such activities.
Despite the title of this article, it’s unclear how Qadir has served anything other than Muslims in Pakistan and the United States. Serving their two homes: Pakistan and the United States