On August 7th, Detroit voters went to the ballot box with the chance to make American history. Rep. John Conyers Jr. retirement sparked a special election to find someone to serve out the last two months of his term. At the same time, August 7th in Detroit served as the primaries for who would run for a full term for Conyers’ seat in the House.
Faced with stiff competition from Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, newcomer Rashida Tlaib lost the special election to fill Conyers’ remaining time to Jones but by the end of the day she had become the very first Muslim woman to head to Congress as she edged Jones out to become the Democratic nominee come November. So far she has only won the primary but in Detroit, she will run unopposed as Republicans have not been able to crack the ballot for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District in quite some time.
As the oldest of 14 children to Palestinian immigrants, Rashida Tlaib is a former Michigan state legistlator and Detroit native. She will become the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the United States Congress.
Tlaib’s win is a victory for women and equal rights across the country.