Chaldeans running for office

Republican

 Michael Shallal

Michael Shallal

Michael Shal­lal (R) is running for a seat in the Michigan State Senate. A longtime resident of Macomb Coun­ty, Shallal’s family immigrated to the United States when he was 17 years old. Shallal is a small business owner with a bach­elor’s degree from the University of Phoenix; during his schooling, Shallal worked multiple jobs to sup­port himself and his family. Shallal began a full-time job with the U.S. government as an Iraq war civilian contractor in 2003 after becoming a citizen. This is Shallal’s second attempt at running for office. For more information, visit www.mi­chaelshallal.com

Democrat

 Wisam Naoum

Wisam Naoum

Wisam Naoum (D) is running for State Representative of the 30th House District of Michi­gan. As a finance attorney, Naoum noticed firsthand the effects of Wall Street’s policies on the working class, the economy and politics. Having grown up in the working-class neighborhoods of Sterling Heights, this didn’t sit right with didn’t sit right with Naoum; he left his job at a major corporate law firm in Chicago and returned home to Michigan. It wasn’t long after his return before Naoum be­came locally involved again.

When ICE rounded up and de­tained hundreds of members of the Chaldean community, Naoum was one of many volunteers that helped buy time for the detainees and bring several back home. Additionally, as a community activist, Naoum founded a nonprofit to mentor traumatized children who had been resettled in his community dur­ing the Iraq War and worked with the Obama administration to fight ISIS. For more information, visit www.wisamformichigan.com