I have known Syed Abbas for a decade. During that time, I’ve gained a deep appreciation for his ability to make progress in seemingly intractable situations such as the use and redevelopment of the Oscar Mayer property. Syed stood up for his neighborhoods and made many changes in the project that city officials had previously rejected but that will benefit the city for years to come
During that year-long struggle, Syed developed a strong and respectful working relationship with those on the other side of the issue. His unique ability to build respectful relationships with opponents will be a great asset in the legislature where despite disagreements, legislators must come back and work together tomorrow..
I support Syed Abbas for State Assembly District 46 not because he is progressive – all of the candidates agree on the most important issues. I support him because he sincerely cares about the people who are affected by the policies. He knows that fundamentally, politics is about people, not power and policies. And that’s why I would welcome him as a colleague in the State Assembly.