Muslim Wins in Republican Primary for Township Trustee

Illinois: Moin Moon Khan, a journalist, a community activist, and a motivational speaker, made history in Illinois and perhaps in the nation, by winning in the Republican Primary for York Township Trustee. Republicans of York Township, who never elected a person of color to represent them on the township board, broke away from their tradition and made history by electing Khan, who has been recently appointed as Asian American liaison for the Republican Party of DuPage County by State Senator Kirk Dillard. Appreciating Khan’s deep commitment to local issues and politics, a large number of local Muslim voters also participated in the recently held primary.

The general election will be held On April 5, 2005 (Tuesday) when citizens will be able to vote at the neighborhood polling stations. Those who cannot go out to vote on that day for some legal reasons can vote through absentee ballot, which can be arranged by calling the DuPage County Election Commission at (630) 682-7440. For Absentee Ballots, calls should be made in the second week of March. York Township consists of the major parts of Elmhurst, Lombard, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park, and a few sections of Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, and Westmont.

The other outstanding community activists who got elected along with Khan and will be running with him on the same panel are John Valle for Supervisor, Paul Hinds, Tony Cuzzone, and Barb Finn for Trustees, Kary Grane for Clerk, Deanna Wilkins for Assessor, and Dick Schroeder for Highway Commissioner. "My election will provide political voice to one-fourth of the residents of York Township, who speak about two dozen languages and practice a dozen religions, yet they are not represented," said Khan. "We are the new face of the 21st century America and we can make it known by working together and making new pragmatic alliances."

Working as a computer network administrator, Khan's second job has been volunteerism. During his 12-year stay in the Chicagoland area, Khan has served on the board of directors of more than two dozen organizations that include the Asian American Institute (Director), Illinois Ethnic Coalition (Board Member), Asian American Journalists Association (Vice President), Bihar Cultural Association (Founding President), DuPage Chapters of American Cancer Society and United Way (Director), Federation of Indian Associations (Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect), Toastmasters International's Cook County Chapter (Vice President, Area Governor), Council of Islamic Organization's Media Relations Committee (Secretary), Asian American Coalition's Media Relations Committee 1994 (Chairman), National Federation of Indian Association's 8th Biennial 1994 Convention (Publicity Committee Chairperson), Islamic Society of North America’s 1997 National Convention s Media Relations Committee (chairperson), Village of Bloomingdale's Fourth of July Commission (Commissioner), DuPage County Republican Organization (Asian American Liaison) and elected Committeeman of the York Township of the Republican Organizations. For more information, Khan can be reached at 630-889-0588 or email him at or visit his website


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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