Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is the Executive Director and Chief Legal Officer for the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. She is a former Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. In the 2018 primary, she was a Democratic candidate for the Massachusetts 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tahirah received numerous local and national endorsements. Her challenge made national news, including being featured on CNN, and in The Huffington Post, The Associated Press, and The New York Times. Tahirah secured nearly 30% of the vote and helped to inspire a higher than anticipated voter turnout.