Muslim Runs for State House in Georgia

March 10, 2004

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On March 10, 2004 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported, "Jamil Imran believes Gwinnett County is ready for him. A Bangladesh-born Muslim, Imran is campaigning for state House District 69, which runs along I-85 to Ga. 316. If he wins, he would be the sole Muslim in the state Legislature, and the only representative from the Indian subcontinent.   'Gwinnett County is growing fast,' he said. 'There are a lot of Indian, Pakistani and South Asians moving here. It's a very diverse county, and a very diverse district. But I'm not just running as a Bangladeshi-American. I'm running as an American and as a Democrat.'   It's not just a diverse district, it's the most diverse district in the state, said the incumbent state Rep. Curt Thompson, a Democrat. Thompson is running for a state Senate seat.   According to the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the district has about 88,500 people, and is about 47 percent white — including Hispanics — 25 percent black, about 13 percent Asian and about 15 percent other groups."