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Breaking Records: Historic Election for Religious Minorities in the South
November 22, 2019
In this week’s episode we take a closer look at how a new generation of elected leaders bringing their various identities into public service at a time when the country is deeply divided.
Portair of Suhas Subramanyan courtesy Suhas Subramanyam
House Delegate Elect Suhas Subramanyam November 22, 2019
We meet Virginia House Delegate Elect Suhas Subramanyam who made history on November 5th, when he became the first Hindu and Indian American elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.  Host Amber Khan talks to Subramanyam about his journey into politics, exploring both the advantage of his cultural identity along with his discomfort with the political labels that put his religion and ethnicity in front of his experience as a public servant.

Suhas Subramanyam
, Deligate Elect, Virginia House of Deligates

Suhas Subramanyan talking with a small group.

Suhas Subramanyam
Portrait of Abrar Omeish
The Youngest Female Elected in Virginia -- Abrar Omeish November 22, 2019
We talk with Abrar Omeish who at age 24 earned a few firsts on election night.  Not only did she become the youngest woman to hold an elected position in Virginia’s history when she won her race to be the At Large Member of the Fairfax County Board of Education – she along with three others to become the first group of Muslim women elected in Virginia.  Omeish who wears a hijab talks about the conversations she had knocking on doors and opens up about her experience growing up visibly Muslim.  Omeish describes how those experiences of feeling on the outside shape her  progressive views about equity and power.

Abrar Omeish, Member At-Large Fairfax County School Board

Abrar Omeish at an campaign event.

Abrar Omeish
Portrait of Robert P. Jones, Ph.D
Public Religion Research Institute’s Dr. Robert Jones Unpacks the Polling November 22, 2019
We explore the divides that candidates for office and elected leaders face when trying to engage likely voters across party lines.  Dr. Jones joins host Amber Khan to unpack the findings from PRRI’s tenth annual American Values Survey.  Surprise findings on the role of race and party identification and how those alignments can impact family and the ability to form friendships.

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D, CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute

You can find the results of The American Values Survey here, and read Jones' book The End of White Christian America.