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Allah to Challenge Steed in 4th Leg. Race

Salladin Allah is running for county legislature against incumbent Owen Steed.

Owen Steed is sworn in as a county legislator in 2011.

Allah says his ancestor was Rev. Josiah Henson, who is said to be the inspiration for the fugitive slave in "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Saladin Q. Allah has announced his candidacy for the Fourth District Niagara County Legislature seat in the Niagara County Legislature.

A native of Niagara Falls, Allah's parents are Lois and Philip Frank. Allah is a convert to Islam and changed his name as is customary for Muslim converts.

His father, Frank served as a member of the National Guard, worked at Carborundum and became a member of the Painters Union Local.

Allah said his great-great-great grandfather was Rev. Josiah Henson, who is believed to have inspired the character of the fugitive slave, George Harris, in Harriet Beecher Stowe's “Uncle Tom's Cabin” (1852).

Allah attended Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and has been doing youth mentorship programs, he said, for 15 years. His is a self-published author, youth mentor, community organizer and public speaker, he said.

The 4th legislative district is located in the city of Niagara Falls and has a heavy minority population.

Allah said, "The crimes in our neighborhoods are primarily committed by relatives or people we know, not people who are unknown. We need members who are willing to protect our most vulnerable members: children, women, seniors and the handicapped.”

Allah will challenge the incumbent, Owen T. Steed.



Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

JUL 09, 2013