Muslim Candidate for State House Tackles Religion Issue Head-On

September 17, 2010

Author: Janet Zink

Source: The St. Petersburg Times

As Z.J. Hafeez worked the room at a recent candidate forum in Tampa, he shook hands with a man who leaned in and peered at his name tag.


"Z. J. Hafeez," he read slowly. "That's a funny name."


Hafeez gets that reaction a lot as he campaigns for the District 67 state House seat that represents parts of Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties.