Abtahi and Omar Campaigns Gain Momentum


April 9, 2013, Washington, D.C. – With the May 11, 2013 elections fast approaching, the campaigns of Bobby Abtahi for the Dallas, Texas City Council and Amir Omar for mayor of Richardson, Texas continue to gain momentum with recent endorsements by realtors. 

If successful, both campaigns will have a profound impact on breaking the political glass ceiling for the Iranian American community.  Abtahi will make history by becoming the first Iranian American elected to the Dallas city council, while Omar will become the first Iranian American to be a directly elected mayor in the United States. 

On March 26, 2013, the Real Estate Council of Dallas endorsed Abtahi’s campaign for Dallas City Council District 14.   Born and raised in Dallas, Abtahi is a former Dallas Plan Commissioner and City of Dallas Community Prosecutor.  As a prosecutor, he lowered crime by 26% in some of Dallas’ toughest neighborhoods.

Abtahi is one of seven candidates running to represent District 14 on the Dallas City Council.  The seat is being vacated by term-limited council member Angela Hunt. Abtahi’s campaign has been endorsed by former city council members as well as a number of community and business leaders throughout the city.

In the race for mayor of Richardson, Texas, Omar’s campaign recently gained the endorsement of the MetroTex Association of Realtors.  This follows previous endorsements by the Richardson Police Association and the Richardson Firefighters Association, making it the third endorsement in a row by organizations that have had discussions with both mayoral candidates.

Omar currently serves on the city council (Place 7) of Richardson, Texas. He was first elected in May 2009 and reelected in 2011 with 63% of the vote. In 2010, as council liaison to the Richardson Environmental Advisory Commission, Omar championed the “Tree the Town” initiative. With widespread support from corporate and non-profit sponsors,   Tree the Town has turned into the largest tree planting initiative Northern Texas has ever seen.

Click here to learn more about Bobby Abtahi’s campaign.

Click here to learn more about Amir Omar’s campaign. 


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