By PAAIA Staff
May 4, 2011, Dallas, TX – Council Member Amir Omar is seeking a second term to serve on the City Council of Richardson, Texas. In this year’s only three-way city council race, Omar is being challenged by nutrition product sales company executive, Alan North and psychotherapist, Diana Clawson.
Omar was elected to the City Council of Richardson representing Place 7 in 2009 and is the first American of Iranian descent to serve in public office in the Dallas/Forth Worth area. Omar’s successes in Richardson are bound to have an impact on future generations of Iranian Americans seeking public office in Texas and throughout the United States.
Located just ten miles outside downtown Dallas, the City of Richardson is part of the telecom corridor of Texas. The City was ranked as the 18th best place to live in the United States in the August 2008 issue of Money magazine.
A first generation American of Iranian and Palestinian descent, Omar describes himself as the, “living proof that the American dream is alive and well.” He grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and attended Texas A&M University where he majored in Industrial Distribution.
In 2006, Omar was a candidate for the 30th Congressional District of Texas. Although Omar’s bid to serve in the U.S. Congress fell short, his campaign did receive a tremendous amount of enthusiasm within the Dallas County. Omar received several high profile endorsements and a recommendation from the Dallas Morning News, the 10th largest newspaper in the country.
As the Council Liaison to the Environmental Advisory Commission, Omar championed the “Tree the Town” initiative, which aims to plant 50,000 trees on public as well as private property in Richardson within the next ten years. With widespread support from corporate and non-profit sponsors, Omar’s initiative has turned into the largest tree planting initiative Northern Texas has ever seen.