O’Malley plans to meet with Arab refugees in Dearborn

Melissa Nann Burke
Detroit News Washington Bureau
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Presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected in Dearborn on Friday to meet with Arab refugees who recently resettled in the United States.

O’Malley will meet with a small group of refugees at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to hear their personal stories and talk about their resettlement experiences in the United States, organizers said.

The gathering will take place during the Arab American Institute’s three-day National Leadership Conference, Oct. 23-25. The summit is held every four years ahead of the presidential election to provide a forum for candidates to address and hear from the Arab-American community.

The O’Malley meeting is set to follow a 2:30 p.m. Friday panel called “Refugee Voices: A Shared Discourse of Loss” at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Social Sciences Building, Room 1400, at 4901 Evergreen Road.

O’Malley was last in Michigan on Aug. 6 for a low-key fund-raiser at Ann Arbor’s Arbor Brewing Company.

Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton visited Metro Detroit in July. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, headlined an Oct. 6 fund-raiser at the Bingham Farms home of Doreen Hermelin, whose deceased husband, David, was President Clinton’s ambassador to Norway.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the self-proclaimed socialist, hasn’t visited the state.


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