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2nd District Candidate Fatimah Muhammad Places Education Ahead of Schooling

Muhammad, who refers to herself as Dr. Hip-Hop, explains how her current role as a teacher at Chicago State University inspired her to run for the coveted congressional seat.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, I met Fatimah Muhammad on the South Side of Chicago.

Muhammad is an assistant professor at Chicago State University and was inspired to run for office when she found out some of the problems at the school could be solved at the legislative level. Muhammad noted that she is not a politician and considers a vote for her to be a vote to elevate the people of the 2nd District to power.

Visit Fatimah Muhammad's candidate profile on Patch to watch his speech about the 2nd District.

Key Issues

Education

Since she is a teacher, it's no surprise Muhammad placed education as her primary concern for the district. Muhammad said she would look for a way to bring more federal dollars to the 2nd District for the purpose of improving education. 

Youth Mentoring

Muhammad is a big proponent of direct influence over the lives of young people through mentoring and job training. She said she would bring attention to and support programs that support the development of young people.

Noteworthy Quotes

"Education is different from schooling. Because schooling can take you up and through and around and around. Then what? But real education brings out what your gifts are, what your passions are and helps you build the capacity again to develop and implement." - On the importance of funding education.

The Takeaway

Muhammad is right when she says she is not a politician, meaning she does not fit the stereotypical image of a political figure. She's always candid in her responses. Nothing seems prepared, which voters may find endearing.

On the flip side, it's the politicians that win elections. That's why they're politicians. Muhammad's lack of experience and political background will make it hard for her to convince voters that she's ready to lead the 2nd District. 

What do you think? Has Muhammad convinced you to vote for her? Tell us in the comments!

NEXT: Gregory Haynes explains why he is best equipped to bring more jobs to the 2nd District.

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Pam February 14, 2013 at 03:07 PM
On Friday, February 8th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Thorton Township Hall, located at 333 E. 162nd Street, South Holland, Il. 60473; the South Suburban Resource & Hunger Network and the Greater Roseland West Pullman Food Network held a candidate's forum to discuss "Anti-Hunger." Candidate Fatimah Muhammad as well as candidate CHARLES RAYBURN attend, participated in, and made substantial contributions at this event. The moderater mispronounced Fatimah's name and she said did not let the moderator or the audience know how to correctly pronounce Fatimah; instead electing to refer to herself as Dr. Hip-Hop. This went on and on the entire evening. Candidate CHARLES RAYBURN waited and waited for Fatimah to look directly at the moderator who by now had mispronounced her name at least ten times; but Fatimah never did. If you won't stand up to correct something wrong in a simple candidate's debate when it is this import; how can you expect us to VOTE for you to correct all of the injustices that the 2nd congressional district is facing? We hope that fatimah; whom we asked this same question to after the forum, and received no response, will take the advice of candidate CHARLES RAYBURN and stand up and correct anyone that mispronounces her name. Candidate CHARLES RAYBURN has my EARLY VOTE because he has proven that he will stand up for us in congress because he stands up for us the the debates. (more to come)
Fatimah Muhammad February 14, 2013 at 03:57 PM
...so LAME (Laughing At My Enemies)...
Juvenal February 15, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Christopher, here's another question you can ask these folks. When was the last time you read Article 1 Section 8 of the US Constitution? Most of these people have no clue what is a federal issue and what is not, or what the scope and limits of congressional power are...
Dinkum February 15, 2013 at 04:49 AM
We need less government intervention into education. In fact, they should get out of the education business altogether and leave it to local communities given their poor track record.
Veronica February 23, 2013 at 06:03 AM
I have read enough to note that Pam is also Charles who is also Team Rayburn. No Charles Rayburn, you certainly have issues and are too busy ranting to get your point out. Anthony Williams is the real speak out stand up candidate.
Veronica February 23, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Exactly what Anthony Williams said in one of his questionnaires. That educators are more knowledgeable about the needs of their schools/classrooms/students and what they have to say should be taken into great consideration as opposed to persons having no classroom experience. He said more, but he believes teachers should dictate what our students need to help them excel academically because they are with them on a daily basis and not professional politicians who have had little to no classroom experience.

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