"Three of my dear friends were killed in a hate crime, but investigators and local leaders called it a parking dispute because we don’t have adequate protections from religious discrimination or hate crimes in North Carolina," Allam said during a news conference Monday. "We need hate crime protections at the federal level, and we need action on gun violence that claims the lives of too many Black and brown North Carolinians."
State Sen. Wiley Nickel, D-Wake, is also running for Congress.
The candidates will file for office in December, and the primary election will be held in March.
"We need a representative that’s actually going to be here, that knows what issues we are going to have to deal with for the rest of our lives," Allam said. "Lived experience is important – being a community organizer – not just my time as an elected official."
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