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A Jetpac Fellow and Advisor at the Top of their Ballots

A Jetpac Fellow and Advisor at the Top of their Ballots

Sumbul Siddiqui, City Councillor-Elect (Cambridge, MA):

A well-qualified candidate with extensive experience, Sumbul Siddiqui immigrated to Cambridge, MA from Pakistan when she was two years old. She benefitted from Cambridge affordable housing programs, went on to get a law degree, and came back home to help her community.

A first time political candidate, Sumbul worked hard to get second-highest vote total of all 26 candidates, just behind the incumbent Mayor. She is the first Muslim woman and the first South Asian to be elected to Cambridge City Council. Sumbul is an Advisor to Jetpac’s Fellowship program.

Afroz Khan, City Councilor-Elect (Newburyport, MA):

Born and raised in Chicago, Afroz Khan got the highest number of votes to fill one of the five Councillor At-Large positions in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She is the only non-incumbent to win, and still received 700 more votes than the next candidate.

Khan, who is of Pakistani descent, lives in Newburyport with her husband Ahmer Ibrahim and two daughters, Arissa, 11, and Anya, 8. She has been active in the community with her involvement in her local Parent Teacher Organization for a decade. An electrical engineer by profession, Khan has also acted as treasurer for the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland.