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Training Hopes to Build 'Pipeline' for Muslim Candidates after Trump Election
by Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil
Karen Hinks had spent approximately a year training women of color to run for office in Orange County, California, when President Donald Trump was elected.
During her training sessions, she saw that Muslims were especially underrepresented in area politics. Now her organization is preparing to launch training sessions to provide the county's Muslims the tools to run for local political office.
"There are no Muslim women who have ever been elected to office [in Orange County]," Hinks told NBC News. "That then led us to approach the leadership of the mosques in Orange County to say, 'We want to do a training with Muslim Americans — what do you think the interest is going to be?' And they were all for the idea."
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