MD Rabbi Alam

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MD Rabbi Alam
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Secretary of State of Missouri
Former Candidate
PartyDemocratic
Education
High schoolKhulna Zilla School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland, National University
Master'sUniversity of Phoenix, University of Missouri
Ph.D.University of North Texas (UNT - 2015)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service2000-2005
Personal
BirthdayNovember 30, 1971
Place of birthKhulna, Bangladesh
ProfessionEducator, IT Professional, Small Business Executive, Radio Talk-Show Host
ReligionMuslim
Websites
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 a 2010 Democratic candidate for District 50 of the Missouri House of Representatives.

Biography

MD Alam was born and raised in Bangladesh. After graduating high school, he attended the Bangladesh National University and earned his degree in Biology in 1996. His father, a veterinary surgeon, worked for the Bangladeshi government for 20 years. Inspired by the example set by his father and the Bangladesh Freedom Fighters in his family, Alam decided to get involved in politics as a young adult. His experiences as a politically active student led him to pursue a second bachelor's degree, this time in political science. He spent three years following graduation teaching science in a High School and at a Divisional Police School in his hometown of Khulna. Alam began law school in 1997 but had to quit after one year when he realized he could not balance school with his political and teaching duties. In 1998 MD Alam went back to school to finish up his master's degree in Biology.[2]

Alam is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He spent six years on active duty, and was assigned to 6/52 ADA unit in Ansbach Germany. Alam was also a certified language interpreter for the Department of Defense. He finished his Army service as a Sergeant in 2005.[2]

Alam worked at the Islamic School of Greater Kansas City, Imagine Renaissance Academy, and at Derrick Thomas Academy where he taught algebra, calculus, and personal finance. He was the Director of International Business for P/Strada for one year before taking the post of CEO of Minority Directed Small Business in 2007. Since then, he has served as CEO for MDSBIZ Technologies which is a Minority Directed Small Business and Providing Senior Leadership in Information Technology & Business Corporation.[2]

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, and founder of the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC)] and the Organizer of the Million Muslim March on 9/11/13 in Washington, D.C.[3]. This march is now called Million American March Against Fear on 9/11/13 which is called MAMAF [4]. Alam currently hosts the AMPAC Radio Community Talk-Show with Co-host Kevin Barrett. [5]

Education

  • Khulna Zilla School
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, National University (1996)
  • Bachelor's degree in Political Science, National University (1997)
  • Master's degree in Computer Information System, University of Phoenix (2005)
  • Master's degree in Mathematics Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City (2008)
  • Teacher Certification, Secondary Mathematics (2008)
  • Ph.D - Doctoral Student, Dept. of Learning Technology, University of North Texas (UNT - 2015)[2]

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 first National Convention of National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus in 2011. He served as the Democratic Party Committeeman of the 26 ward, having run unopposed in 2010. His term as committeeman expired in 2012.[6]

In Bangladesh Alam was involved with Jatio Chattaro Somaj of the Bangladesh Jatio Party from 1988 - 1996. Alam was the Vice Chairman of Jatio Chattaro Somaj of Khulna District Committee in 1990-1992, and he was the General Secretary of Bangladesh Jatio Party Rupsha Upazilla Committee from 1996-1998.[2]

Elections

2016

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

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]

Personal

Alam resides in Kansas City with his wife, Afroza Tuli, and their two children, Sajid and Anupriya.

Contact information

Missouri

Office Contact

Md Rabbi Alam
National Chair, US National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (USNDPAAC)
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Connect MD Alam on Skype - RABBITULI00 Email: Email MD Alam

See also

External links

Alam's Radio Show Links

References