It is true, I did not take a picture with some of my colleagues and a rainbow flag nor did I vote or speak for or against an ordinance recognizing the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.  What is also true is that I am Muslim and I believe in the dignity of all human beings and that no one should be persecuted for their faith, values, beliefs, or who they are.

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I am the only Muslim and only black man on the St. Paul City Council.  As a community ambassador with the Metropolitan Police, I put myself between two young men who were determined to shoot two police officers.  I put my life on the line for my fellow human beings and I did not care about the color of their skin, what gender they are, how much money they make, where they live or what sexual orientation they claim. 

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Ask yourself what kind of leader do you believe our community should have?  One who wraps themselves in a rainbow flag, a person-of-color flag, or whatever the flag-of-the-day is for political gain or one who acts in the best interest of humanity and is willing to give of their life for another.  I am running for office to continue to serve my community and that includes ALL of my community.  I do not and will not discriminate against anyone and I will do all I can with the power of my office to recognize the humanity in each of us.

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