Candidate Amatul-Wadud challenging Congressman Neal in state primary

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Congressman Richard Neal will have some competition in the next Democratic primary.

Candidate Tahirah Amatul-Wadud addressed what she called recent incidents of religious bigotry on the campaign trail.

A practicing Muslim, Amatul-Wadud, said recent political fliers have falsely tried to link her to religious organizations. She said the fliers were reported to the police and the postmaster general.

A lawyer and mother of seven, Amatul-Wadud said she wants to see distractions like these fliers put to rest, so she can focus on what matters. 

“I tell people, I have seven children,” Amatul-Wadud told 22News. “Running for office is destabilizing. It is nothing that anyone with a faint of heart would do, but it’s important for me because the only way I can secure I think their future, is to do what I’m doing. I have to take matters into my own hands.”

Massachusetts primary elections take place September 4.

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