Legislator of the Year Award, Arab-American Anti-discrimination Committee, Kalamazoo Chapter, 2006; Excellence in Advocacy Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Kalamazoo Chapter, 2005; KCMHS/KCHSD Black History Month Service Award, 1995; Community Service Award, Western Michigan University, 1995.
2005 Chevy Malibu American; 2005 Chevy Monte Carlo.
On the Waterfront
Favorite President and Why:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"Some people see things as they are and ask 'why.' I see things that never were, and ask 'why not.'" -- Tennyson
Favorite TV Shows:
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Name one thing you would most like to do before you die:
Represent residents of Michigan's sixth district in Congress.
Personal Hero and Why:
Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela and Eugene Debs. Robert F. Kennedy. Here's an excerpt from the eulogy given by his brother at his funeral: "My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."
Pets (include names):
Reba (Dog), Miss Kitty, Bear and Eugene (Cats).
Justice, Jobs and A Decent Life for All.
Reason for Seeking Public Office:
To have a part in helping this country live up to its ideals.