During the hottest hours, when the sun is highest in the sky and the blistering pavement could fry an egg, Rashida Tlaib is relentlessly walking door-to-door in a Detroit neighborhood in search of votes.
And she's doing so without eating any food or drinking any water during the day.
That's because Tlaib is a practicing Muslim, which means she is fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
"I know that my faith comes up more on social media, but at the doors I don't get it as much," she told VOA during a break beneath the much needed shade of trees along the street.
While others would stay indoors in the air conditioning during the stifling heat wave, Tlaib views it as an opportunity to build name recognition, as she seeks to represent Michigan's 13th District in the U.S. Congress.