Arab-American state rep candidate receives hate mail

Photo courtesy of Abdullah Hammoud Abdullah Hammoud, a candidate for Michigan’s 15th state House district, said he received hate mail with multiple anti-Arab messages written on a campaign flyer in February.

Photo courtesy of Abdullah Hammoud
Abdullah Hammoud, a candidate for Michigan’s 15th state House district, said he received hate mail with multiple anti-Arab messages written on a campaign flyer in February.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Democratic state representative candidate and Arab-American Abdullah Hammoud said he received hate mail filled with anti-Arab messages.

The campaign flyer was sent in an unmarked envelope on Valentine’s Day weekend. The flyer was also torn and included the messages “No Arabs,” “Go Back to Lebanon” and “No More Arabs” hand written on the front.

“While disheartening, I know this incident is not representative of our vibrant, diverse community,” his Feb. 25 Facebook post read. “I am committed to running an inclusive campaign, one that represents our entire community.”

Flyers were mailed in January to Dearborn residents. He said that the hate mail will not stop his campaign.

“I have and will continue to meet with diverse individuals and organizations throughout Dearborn, hear their concerns and hopes, and advocate for them,” the post also read. “Dearborn’s diversity is an asset, and if elected, I will represent its diverse needs.”

Hammoud filed a police report as a precautionary measure.

On Jan. 28, Hammoud, 25, launched his campaign for Michigan’s 15th District seat back to give back to the community he has lived in his whole life.

I have called Dearborn home my entire life,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I was born and raised here, attended and graduated from our public schools and colleges, and served as a community advocate for over a decade.”

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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