Texas: Pakistani Muslim Immigrant Elected to the Euless City Council

The hijra is starting to reap benefits. Source: Meet the Muslim Immigrant Elected to the Euless City Council – D Magazine

On Saturday, Salman Bhojani was elected to the Euless City Council, triumphing over a conservative state lawmaker’s ugly campaign attacks on his religion and immigrant background. Bhojani, who will be the city’s first minority council member, defeated his opponent Molly Maddux by a margin of 37 votes.

Bhojani, a lawyer who moved to the U.S. from Pakistan 18 years ago, has portrayed his win as a victory for diversity and acceptance. In a city with 55,000 residents, about 50 percent are people of color, which should be reflected on the council, he says. But both during and after the campaign, Bhojani has tried to focus on nonpartisan local issues. Bhojani spent the last four years on the city’s parks and recreation board, and ran unsuccessfully for a council seat two years ago.

It was Jonathan Stickland, a Republican state representative backing Maddux, who injected Bhojani’s Muslim faith into the race via social media posts. Bhojani says he had to field some questions and endure innuendo about his religion while campaigning—a voter who told him to go back to his country, another who asked him if he intended to institute Shariah law in Euless. Bhojani attributes much of that to an ignorance of Islam, likening it to the suspicion that many voters in 1960 felt toward President John F. Kennedy’s Catholicism, never mind the separation between church and state.

“People don’t know about my faith, and because they don’t know they get concerned,” he says. “Words like ‘Shariah’ and ‘jihad’ are buzzwords that rile people up. Muslims follow the law of the land, so I vow to uphold the Constitution.”

Most voters clearly rejected Stickland’s attacks, and Bhojani says he’s proud to have the support of Euless residents. (Stickland’s office did not return messages seeking comment, but he congratulated the election winners in a Facebook post.)

“It’s powerful. People who have shown support say I’m representing true American values by fighting the good fight, so our kids don’t face discrimination tomorrow,” Bhojani says. “It’s uplifting to lay a foundation for people of different faiths and ethnicities.”

As an immigrant who went from mopping gas station floors, to owning several stores while attending law school, to opening up his own law firm, Bhojani has lived the American Dream. It’s what encouraged him toward public service, and to give back to his country, he says. That, more than his faith, is what should resonate with Euless residents.

“You need to know the actions of people,” he says. “I have only done good for the city of Euless.”

Bhojani hopes to bring a unique perspective to governing Euless, informed by his legal background and his work as a small business owner. In a statement after the election, he pledged to “represent all Euless residents, regardless of whether and for whom they voted, where they come from, how long they have lived in Euless, what faith they practice, or what political party they support.” He’ll be sworn in later this month.

8 thoughts on “Texas: Pakistani Muslim Immigrant Elected to the Euless City Council

  1. “Muslims follow the law of the land, so I vow to uphold the Constitution.”… Isn’t that what Muhammad told the welcoming people of Medina not long before he began to chop off their heads and imposed Shariah? HaHaHa…Suckers!!!

  2. Maybe he is one of the moderate muslims and does truly view the USA as his country, and no other. If he gas lived in that community for 18 years, the population has certainly had time to judge his loyalties and actions related to hus religion. From what I have read, not all muslims stop everything to publicly pray umpteen times a day. Maybe he has become American and will represent everyone and do right by the whole city. If he does not perform hus new office properly in all respects, they can certainly vote him out next time. So, my advice would be for all citizens to pay close attention to his words and deeds while in office.

    • No such thing as a ‘moderate’ moslem. If they aren’t jihadist, they are supporting financially or quietly cheering them on. You’re very accommodating. They would love you.

  3. Could there be anyone more suspect than a moslem lawyer?
    Reading the story he sounds like he may have become an American and that would be nice but the islamic creed commands Taqiyya and Kitman so no muslim can be trusted.
    We will find out when he has to judge a dispute between a Christian or Jew and a muslim.

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