Omar Vaid Running for SI Congressional Seat

Congressional candidate Omar Vaid (Photo by Kadia Goba via Kings County Politics)

Omar Vaid, who is running for the 11th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-Staten Island, Southern Brooklyn), has gained support from across the country with the help of social media. The former Bay Ridge resident and Democrat, who has gained more than 20,000 followers on Twitter since June, “says his rapid upswing of Twitter followers comes as a result of people responding to his ideas,” writes Kadia Goba in Kings County Politics.

It’s through Twitter the candidate looks to rally the constituents of NY-11 and hopes that his unorthodox method of campaigning nationally does so. Vaid compared his campaign to that of Doug Jones (D) who recently won an Alabama Senate race against favored Republican candidate, Roy Moore.  Both Jones and Vaid do share one thing in common – Steve Bannon, a former White House top advisor, backed at least one of their opponents.

While his campaigning style has won him nationwide support, Vaid says that over 50 percent of supporters are within the district and as a former resident of Bay Ridge he is in tune with what NY-11 faces – including the targeting Arab-speaking communities for deportation and the opioid crisis that has impacted Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn.

Vaid, who is a Muslim-American and the son of Indian immigrants, also spoke about President Trump’s travel ban and the “strategically chosen” locations of his campaign offices. Read more on this, and his positions on issues such as marijuana, Medicare, and public transportation, at Kings County Politics.

According to Ballotpedia, Vaid will run against Michael DeCillis, Michael DeVito Jr., Zach Emig, Radhakrishna Mohan, Max Rose and Paul Sperling in the Democratic primary. Rep. Donovan will be challenged by former Rep. Michael Grimm in the Republican primary.

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