Lamyaa Mowery- Contributing Editor from The Muslim Association of Virginia
Candidates for the PWC Clerk of the Court faced off in a debate on April 4th as they both attempted to win over voters and encourage supporters to show up at the polls on April 18th. Muslim Association of Virginia partnered with the Committee of 100 and League of Women Voters to host the debate at the Dar al-Noor Islamic Community Center with Inside Nova’s Bruce Potter moderating. Delegate Jackson Miller, a Republican who currently represents the 50th District highlighted his years of experience as a community leader and elected official to convince the public that he would be the best choice to manage the office of the Clerk of the Court. Local attorney Jackie Smith, a Democrat who has run for the Clerk of the Court position in the past, emphasized her record of supporting the community through pro-bono legal services as evidence that she will always do what is best for the community.
The debate brought together over 200 residents of Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park to meet the candidates and learn about their vision for the office of the Clerk of the Court. This debate comes just weeks before the expected low-turnout special election on Tuesday, April 18th.
This was not the first time the Dar al-Noor Islamic Community Center has opened their doors to their friends and neighbors to hold this type of event. Numerous political debates, school board debates, and community forums have drawn out thousands of local residents to the Mosque. In addition to their desire for civic engagement, the Muslim community at Dar al-Noor has been eager to invite their neighbors and friends of all faiths to the Mosque to join in building bonds of friendship throughout the community.