MD Rabbi Alam

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MD Rabbi Alam
MD Rabbi Alam.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, Missouri
General electionNovember 8, 2016
Current office
Secretary of State of Missouri, Former Candidate
PartyDemocratic
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service2000-2005
Personal
Date of birthNovember 30, 1971
Place of birthKhulna, Bangladesh
ProfessionIT Professional & Radio Talk-Show Host
ReligionMuslim
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website

MD Rabbi Alam (born November 30, 1971 in Khulna, Bangladesh) is an American politician and former 2012 candidate for Missouri Secretary of State. He was defeated in the primary election by State Rep. Jason Kander.[1] He was also a 2010 Democratic candidate for District 50 of the Missouri House of Representatives.

On May 16, 2015 Alam officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate race.[2] Alam is challenging incumbent Roy Blunt in the 2016 U.S. Senate election in Missouri, however, Alam will face Jason Kander in the Democratic Primary since Kander announced for Senate race.

Biography

Alam is part of the North American Bangladeshi Association for Bangladesh (NABAB) and is the Chairman for the US National Democratic Party Asian-American Caucus. Alam is also the founder of the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), and currently hosts the AMPAC Radio Community Talk-Show with Co-host Kevin Barrett.[3]

Education

  • B.S. Biology, National University
  • B.A. Political Science, National University
  • M.S. (MIS) - Management Information System, University of Phoenix
  • M.A. Mathematics, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • High School Mathematics Teacher Certification - University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • J.D. Western Michigan University - Cooley School of Law (In progress)[4]

Political career

In 2007, Alam founded the Missouri Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (MDPAAC), which now includes 11 county chapters. In 2009, he became the National Chairman of US National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus, and was the chair of the first convention of the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus in 2011. He served as the Democratic Party Committeeman of the 26th ward, after running unopposed in 2010. His term as committeeman expired in 2012.[5]

Million Muslim March

Alam assisted in organizing the Million Muslim March on September 11, 2013 with the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), an organization he founded. The event changed its name to the Million American March Against Fear, after concerns that the original name was too controversial. The event had approximately 25 attendees, and attracted nearly the same number of protestors. The march included prayers, speeches and a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.[6]

Elections

2016

On August 13, 2012 Alam's campaign office published his potential bid for U.S. Senate in 2016.[7]

On May 16, 2015 Alam officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate race.[2]

2012

See also: Missouri secretary of state election, 2012

Alam was defeated by Jason Kander in the Democratic primary election for secretary of state on August 7, 2012.

Primary

  • Alam received approximately 13% of the vote.
Missouri Secretary of State Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJason Kander 86.9% 247,630
MD Rabbi Alam 13.1% 37,390
Total Votes 285,020
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.


Controversies

9/11 comments

In July 2012, Alam made national headlines for his controversial questioning of the 9/11 commission reports, specifically regarding the number of Jews killed in the attacks. His comments were reported as being "antisemitic" and provoked a response from the Obama Presidential campaign, which employed Alam in 2008.[8][9][10]

2010

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2010

Alam first ran for major office in 2010 as a Democratic candidate representing District 50 in the Missouri House of Representatives. He lost in the primary election on August 3, 2010.[11]

Alam's opponents in the August 3 primary were incumbent Michael Brown and Bill Young. Brown advanced to the general election.[12]

See also

External links

Alam's Radio Show Links

References