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Abdullah Hammoud, Dearborn’s First Arab and Muslim Mayor, Supports Carrie Rheingans for State Rep.

Ann Arbor, MI - Health policy expert Carrie Rheingans announced today the endorsement of Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud, who previously served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. Mayor Hammoud is the latest progressive elected leader to join a diverse group endorsing Rheingans’ campaign for the state house.

“I’ve known Carrie for a decade now, since we both worked at a health policy center based at U-M, and I fully endorse her campaign for Michigan House of Representatives. Carrie’s health and behavioral health policy expertise is a huge asset in Lansing, given that the Health & Human Services budget is the biggest single portion of our state budget.”

Carrie Rheingans and Michigan State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud
Carrie Rheingans and then-Representative Hammoud in March 2019

Mayor Hammoud previously served as Vice Chair of Michigan’s $30 billion Health and Human Services budget during his time in the Michigan House of Representatives. “Carrie will be able to walk in on the first day in office knowing the complicated funding streams and expansive programming and services of Michigan’s largest budget area - it took some of my colleagues their entire six years to learn that budget.”

“It is a humbling honor to receive Abdullah’s endorsement. His community-based, engaged campaigning and service are an inspiration for how I campaign and plan to serve the residents of the 47th district. I love watching how he puts his community first and makes sure to include diverse voices in his decision-making processes, and I hope to emulate that if elected,” says Carrie.

A group of supporters with a campaign sign for Abdullah Hammoud for State Representative
April 2016 event for then-candidate Hammoud

Earning the support of people who have served as state representatives means a lot to me, and I hope I can do as great of a job as they did! It would be an honor to follow in Abdullah’s footsteps as a public health expert in Lansing,” explains Rheingans.

Rheingans’ previous work as the Interim Human Services Director at the Center for Health & Research Transformation earned recognition by Crain’s Detroit Business as a 2018 Notable Woman in Healthcare, and a 2019 national award as an Emerging Leader in Healthcare Transformation at the Communities Joined in Action (CJA) national conference. These recognitions were given in part for Carrie’s work to advance equity as a crucial component of hospital community health work, which she presented at the same 2019 national conference. Rheingans currently serves on the CJA board and is the 2022 national conference chair.

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