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By CHARLES RICHARDS
Mustafa Hashmi, 19, voted in his first election on Friday, joining his brother, Abraham, 20, in early voting for the May 14 city elections in which their father, Dr. AJ Hashmi, is seeking the District 7 seat to the Paris City Council.
“It’s actually my second election,” Abraham Hashmi said. “I voted in the general election in November.”
They are students at the University of Texas at Dallas – Abraham is majoring in molecular biology and Mustafa is majoring in biology. Finals week is coming up, so they brought their books.
Through the week, they live in Highland Park with their mother, Rizma Hashmi, and a younger brother. On the weekends, they all head back to Paris.
They lived in metropolitan areas before their parents moved to Paris from Tampa, Fla. Both their parents are doctors, and their father was brought here in 2006 to turn the cardiology department of Paris Regional Medical Center into a top-notch facility.
“I’ve had a good time here,” Abraham said. “I spend my summers here, working at the hospital, volunteering over there. Paris is a smaller place, but I’ve come to love it. It’s a simple life. We have friends here, and we have a good time whenever we come.”
Mustafa added: “I love this city. Paris has all the necessities and everything. You don’t have all the traffic problems.”
Neither expressed surprise at their father’s decision to run for the Paris City Council.
Both have involved themselves in their father’s campaign, going door to door, saying something like: “I’m trying to spread information about my dad. Let me tell you a little bit about him,” Abraham said.
Some people may wonder if their father, who is head of cardiology at the hospital, has time for the city council.
Not his sons.
“”If he feels there is a need for improvement, he likes to do it,” Abraham said. “I think it’s a question of time management, that’s what it comes down to. Whatever Dad decides to get involved in, he likes to get hands on.”
Mustafa added: “I think he’ll do a great job once he’s elected. He’s a very dedicated person — both to us and whatever he becomes involved in.”
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