Muslims are a growing part of the U.S.' population — but they're often underrepresented in politics, partly because few run for office.
In 2000, 700 Muslims ran for various levels of office. But in 2002, only around 70 ran.
That post-9/11 number hasn't changed much since.
Potential backlash can make it risky to run. Candidates often say they receive threats or Islamophobic comments.
"There are also some people who think having a Muslim will hurt the party," National CAIR board member Sarwat Husain said.
But another issue is the number of Muslims who vote. Compared to other religions, Muslims are less likely to participate in politics.
"I am proud that I'm Muslim, but of course I'm not going to put my religion into my work as a council[man]. In the council, I am American before I am Muslim," Hamtramck, Michigan, city councilman Saad Almasmari said.