Abdul El-Sayed could be the first Muslim governor in US history
He could be the first Muslim governor in U.S. history.
Democrat and son of Egyptian immigrants, Abdul El-Sayed, is running for governor of Michigan.
He’s a Rhodes Scholar, a doctor and formerly a professor at an Ivy League university.
He left his job as the director of the Michigan health department in February to run for office.
It’s a year out from the primary and El-Sayed is already campaigning in cities like Midland.
The Midland Daily News says he believes in a strict separation of church and state.
His campaign website states he also opposes “any discrimination by businesses and public institutions against our LGBTQ community.”
According to the Guardian, the campaign office location is secret and some volunteers have spoken with their family members about potential danger.
The Guardian called El-Sayed “the new Obama.”
Besides their diverse backgrounds, they have other things in common.
El-Sayed calls the Affordable Care Act one of the most important pieces of legislation in history.
RELATED: Muslim-majority nations around the world