Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) stopped by the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling today to encourage the hundreds of congregants at Friday prayers to vote.
“Elections matter,” McAuliffe said in his brief remarks. “I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, because we’re in a house of worship. Look at what the candidates have said.”
McAuliffe was the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
McAuliffe was joined by Virginia Secretary of Natural Resource Molly Ward and White House Associate Director of Public Engagement and White House Liaison to Muslim-Americans Zaki Barzinji, who grew up in the ADAMS community and whose parents, according to ADAMS Board of Trustees Chairman Rizwan Jaka, started ADAMS’s Boy and Girl Scout programs.. That program, according to scout master Saleem Arif, now has about 400 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Brownie Scouts.
“Folks, I beg you, there is such a clear choice in this upcoming election,” McAuliffe said, although he did not mention any presidential candidates by name. “We have got to send a message to the world on election day: we are for openness, inclusiveness, we are for diversity, we are a loving, caring nation.”
Ahead of the speech, McAuliffe met with ADAMS leadership to talk about the economy, bullying in schools, civil rights, and criminal justice reform, Jaka said.
Since 2000, ADAMS has hosted voter registration on Fridays around elections. It also directs voters to check their voter registration with the State Board of Elections through MuslimVoter.org, campaigns to get Muslim women to vote with community meetings and the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow, and hosts nonpartisan phone banks on election day to encourage voter turnout.