Editor’s Note: Newman Abuissa formally announced his candidacy to represent Iowa’s second district in the U.S. Congress at an event in Iowa City on Sunday, June 30. While Rita Hart is favored to win almost a year from the primary election, Abuissa is well known for his work with the Democratic Party and in the peace and justice community. Ed Flaherty, a long-time contributor to Blog for Iowa and a co-founder of the Iowa Chapters of Veterans for Peace supports Abuissa.
Support Abuissa for Congress
By Ed Flaherty
I support Newman Abuissa’s candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Newman was born in Syria, came to the U.S. as a young man, and has been an engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation for 30 years.
He is a leader in his church, the Iowa City community, and the Iowa Democratic Party.
His candidacy is unique in several ways, all of which will help make him a strong member of the U.S. Congress. As an immigrant, he has a broader view of the world than most.
While he is very thankful for his home and U.S. citizenship, he is particularly disappointed in our country’s failures to live up to its potential. Friends and relatives of his remain in Syria, and his daily worries and thoughts about them help inform his passion.
Newman is unique in that he connects the dots between our huge military budget and the neglect of peaceful priorities. He sees that our endless wars create an awful reputation for the U.S. abroad.
He sees that green economic development here in Eastern Iowa is impeded by our tendency to equate strength with military might.
Please give Newman Abuissa your close consideration.
~ This post first appeared as a letter to the editor of the Iowa City Press Citizen