Mayor Says No Presidential Candidate Has “Earned” His Vote

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( – In 2022, Abdullah Hammoud was elected as Dearborn, Michigan’s mayor. His election into office was a historic one for the city, which is known for having the highest concentration of Arab Americans in the nation. Recently, he spoke up about the coming presidential election, suggesting no candidate has “earned” his vote at this time.

Although Hammoud ran on improving local infrastructure, his name was thrown into the national spotlight after he voiced his criticism of President Joe Biden’s support of Israel in the war with Hamas.

In an interview with AFP, Hammoud explained that he didn’t “want to see” former President Donald Trump “reelected to the White House,” but acknowledged voters had to “be inspired” to come out and make their voices heard in November.

In 2020, voters in Dearborn largely supported Biden, helping him clinch Michigan.

However, this year, Biden’s fate is more uncertain, considering 55 percent of Dearborn’s 110,000 residents claim to have North African or Middle Eastern heritage.

At the center of whether or not Biden could win over this Arab American bloc is Hammoud, who saw his profile surge in January after he declined an invitation to meet the President’s campaign officials to attract the Muslim vote.

Instead, Hammoud has shored up support among 100,000 voters who marked “uncommitted” in Michign’s Democratic primary to protest Biden’s support of Israel.

His ability to help galvanize as many voters in a short space of time drew the attention of Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presidential candidate, who asked Hammoud if he’d be her running mate.

Hammoud, who wouldn’t reach the constitutional requirement of being 35 years old until after the election, couldn’t accept the role but described Stein’s offer as “very humbling.”

The mayor revealed he wasn’t sure how he’d cast his vote in November, stating, “No presidential candidate has earned my vote.”

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