My wife, Sandy, and I have been residents of Riverside for 41 years.

I’m writing to share my concern about the misinformation being shared by State Rep. Mike Zalewski about his opponent, Abdelnasser Rashid. Zalewski claims that Rashid has taken money from a prominent Republican donor. 

That donor is Mr. Talat Othman, who has been a close personal friend of mine for 30 years. In fact, Mr. Othman is a Democrat who has given money to President Obama, senators Durbin and Duckworth, Congressman Garcia — and Abdelnasser Rashid. 

Mr. Zalewski’s claim is flat out misleading.

On the other hand, I have seen reports that Mr. Zalewski recently accepted $25,000 from a special interest group that has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-choice Republicans. Integrity is important.

Mr. Rashid is the son of immigrants. He achieved a degree from Harvard. I know him and his family. He started in politics as an organizer for the 2008 Obama campaign. He has worked for immigrant rights with progressive elected officials like David Orr, Bernie Sanders and Chuy Garcia.

He is honest to a core. He is unequivocally dedicated to the public good.  

I hope your readers will join Sandy and me to support Mr. Rashid for state office.

Hon. William J. Haddad, retired, Riverside