Washington, DC – PAAIA is proud to announce Amir Farokhi’s victory in the Atlanta City Election last night! On November 7th, 2017, Amir Farokhi became the first Iranian American elected to public office in Atlanta!
“PAAIA congratulates Amir Farokhi on his election to Atlanta’s city council,” said Leila Golestaneh Austin, PAAIA’s Executive Director. “As a PAAIA Emerging Leader, Farokhi is a role model for young leaders in the Iranian American community through his dedication to public service.”
With final results in from a race with five candidates, Farokhi received 55% of the vote for the District 2 seat, while his closest opponent, Lauren Welsh, received 30%. Farokhi’s success can be attributed to his effective plans to reform what he sees as an inefficient city government that lacks the resources to effectively respond to the concerns of Atlanta’s residents and businesses.
“I could not have done this without the faith and generosity of many Iranian Americans around the country and the support of PAAIA/IAPAC,” stated Farokhi in his message to PAAIA this morning. “I hope that I am one of many more Iranian Americans, regardless of political party, who will engage in public service in the coming decades. Iranian Americans contribute so much to America and public service is one more way we can give back.
PAAIA is confident that the city of Atlanta will benefit greatly from Amir’s passion and commitment to his community and we wish him the best in his well-deserved position.
Amir Farokhi’s campaign was endorsed by the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of PAAIA. IAPAC contributes to candidates for public office who are attuned to the concerns of the Iranian American community. In addition, IAPAC supports and encourages Iranian Americans to actively participate in the U.S. democratic process and run for public office.
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