By Dr. Saud Anwar

When I took the oath of office, as the newly elected mayor of the South Windsor, CT, the fact that I am the first mayor of the Muslim faith in CT, was the last thing on my mind. I am a critical care physician. When I enter the ICU, my patient’s condition, rather than my faith, is foremost in my mind. Having earned a master’s degree in public health, I see personal and public health as analogous. Each requires an in-depth diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan in order to remain vital and healthy.

Understandably, I have received a good deal of attention because of my heritage and faith. I have served on the South Windsor Town Council for the past three years. During that time, my faith has rarely been an issue. South Windsor is a town in which there is a great deal of diversity. I consider this to be one of our town’s greatest assets. My election affirms that fact that the voters of our town judge candidates on their performance as leaders. I consider my faith to be a personal matter. My priority, as mayor, is to serve all the citizens by addressing the immediate and future needs of our town. I do, however, have a vested interest in creating an atmosphere in which differences are respected and diversity is viewed as a resource. [Read more…]