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
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