Wasim Khan

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Wasim Khan
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Candidate for
New Jersey Senate District 26
High schoolThe Delhi United Christian School
Master'sHarvard University, 1994, 2009
Place of birthParsippany, New Jersey
ProfessionMedical Doctor
Campaign website
Dr. Wasim Khan was a 2011 Democratic candidate for District 26 of the New Jersey State Senate. Khan is believed to be the only Muslim candidate running for state legislative office in this year's election cycle.[1] Khan ran unsuccessfully for the District 26 seat in 2007.

Khan is a medical doctor. He has contributed to drug development and FDA approval of major anti-neoplastic agents from companies collaborating with Mass General, Sloane-Kettering, MG Anderson and Mayo Clinic.

Khan graduated from Lucknow Christian College with an undergraduate pre-med degree. He completed medical school at King George's Medical College in 1982. He then went to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi for a fellowship in Clinical Immunology and further post-grad training and clinical research. He has also completed 7 years of further post-graduate studies at Harvard in Cancer Epidemiology.



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Khan was defeated in the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 26. He ran unopposed in the primary on June 7, 2011. Khan was defeated by Republican incumbent Joseph Pennacchio in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[2]

New Jersey State Senate District 26 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Pennacchio Incumbent 64.3% 20,230
     Democratic Wasim Khan 32.8% 10,317
     Independent Joseph Scafa 2.9% 913
Total Votes 31,460


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007

In 2007, Khan lost in the general election to Joseph Pennacchio in the race for New Jersey State Senate District 26. Pennacchio (R) finished with 26,567 votes and Khan garnered 13,442. Pennacchio raised $323,259 for his campaign fund.[3]

New Jersey Senate District 26 General Election, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Pennacchio 66.4% 26,567
     Democratic Wasim Khan 33.6% 13,442
Total Votes 40,009

Campaign donors


In 2007, Khan collected $11,573 in donations.[4]

His four largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
Wasim A. Khan $3,559
Akthar Nadeem $1,000
Samina Nadeem $1,000
Adiba Shamsi $1,000


Campaign themes


Khan lists these issue positions on his website:[5]

  • Green tax cuts - "I will explore proposals to tie tax-breaks to energy conservation in homes. For example the home-owners who use renewable energy like solar panels or wind-energy or reduce their energy bill could get tax rebates. Thus double their savings as well as reducing environmental degradation.
  • De-link funding of education from property - "I would favorably consider propospals to delink funding of education from property tax to income, thus relieving senior citizens from two bad choices or either moving out of the homes and neighborhoods they lived all lives or having to pay much higher property taxes after the retirement when their only income may be from social security."
  • Homeland security - "I would like to ask my opponent to join me in insisting that the New Jersey National Guard stay in New Jersey. Sending our National Guard to a pointless deployment in Iraq is only one of many disastrous policies that the Republican Party has been pursuing on a national level...It is high time that local Republicans, including my opponent, who is evidently planning to run for the U.S. Senate, exert their influence to change this catastrophic course."

Khan lists these priorities under his Green for your health section of his website:[6]

Health & Economy

  • Stem-cell & cancer research
  • Drug safety collaboratives
  • Catastrophic illness assistance
  • Fat-free fast food (4F)
  • Alcohol-free teens
  • Beer-free bars
  • Free gyms
  • Bottle-free New Jersey
  • Clean air for kids


  • Bullet train
  • More buses
  • Green transit
  • Bike tracks
  • Azalea walks


  • Tax-free income for seniors
  • Tax-free housing for low income
  • Green housing rebates

Cruelty-Free World:

  • Freedom from PTSD
  • Free the bears

District 26

District 26 encompasses Morris and Passaic counties: Bloomingdale, Butler, Chatham Borough, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Montville, Morris Plains, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Pequannock, Pompton Lakes, Riverdale and West Milford.

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