Indian-US woman wins primary election of Maryland

PTI
Published Apr 30, 2016, 2:52 am IST
Updated Apr 30, 2016, 2:55 am IST
If elected in November general elections, she would be the youngest Indian-American to be elected to this top education post in Maryland.
Raheela Ahmed, received 9,624 votes as against incumbent Jeana Jacob (6,004 votes) in the Board of Education District 5 primary elections held on Tuesday. (Photo: youtube))
 Raheela Ahmed, received 9,624 votes as against incumbent Jeana Jacob (6,004 votes) in the Board of Education District 5 primary elections held on Tuesday. (Photo: youtube))

Washington: A 22-year-old Indian-American Muslim woman has won a key primary election in the US state of Maryland, upsetting a veteran in the process.

Raheela Ahmed, received 9,624 votes as against incumbent Jeana Jacob (6,004 votes) in the Board of Education District 5 primary elections held on Tuesday. Her win is considered to be significant given the anti-Muslim rhetoric's coming from top Republican candidates in particular its presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

 

“If Mr Trump’s views were a true reflection of Americans beliefs, I would not have won this election decisively.” If elected in November general elections, she would be the youngest Indian-American to be elected to this top education post in Maryland. Raheela’s father, immigrated from Hyderabad, while her mother moved to the US when she was five years old from Pakistan.   

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