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Fundraiser Reception For Iranian-American Darab Ghaffary, Candidate For Sunnyvale City Council


Never before in the history of the Bay Area has the Iranian-American community had such a critical opportunity to not just influence, but perhaps to determine the outcome of an election.


I would like to introduce you to Mr. Darab Ghaffary, a candidate for Sunnyvale City Council Seat #2.  On Thursday October 13th Mr. Ghaffary's supporters are holding a fundraiser reception at the Medallion Rug Gallery in Palo Alto.  See details below (and the attached flyer).


Darab Ghaffary

Over the past few years, Iranian Americans have been getting more and more involved in politics under various organizations and initiatives.  Here is a real opportunity to come together as a community, take an actual step to directly impact the outcome of this local race, gain a voice in one of the key localities in Silicon Valley and make a difference.


As it is clearly demonstrated by the impressive list of politicians, organizations and community leaders who have put their faith in Darab by officially endorsing him, Darab is the best candidate in this race.  (See Darab's partial list of endorsements at the end of this email.)  Not only his passion to serve and to bring people together, but also his education and professional background as a Civil Engineer and a businessman make him uniquely qualified for leading Sunnyvale, which is the 2nd largest city in Santa Clara County / Silicon Valley.


But this is not about Darab and goes far beyond his campaign.  When Darab decided to run, there were many who said that he is wasting his time and that an Iranian-American candidate would not have a serious chance of winning such a race.  Winning this race will not only show the power of the Iranian-American community to the politicians in an unprecedented way, but it will also break the glass ceiling for other Iranian Americans and pave the way for more and more of our community members to run for office and to win.


But first, we have to win THIS campaign.  Darab has run a great campaign and is now the only candidate to have momentum in this race.  However, in order to continue his momentum to the finish line on Nov. 8th and to reach enough of the 57,000 registered voters in Sunnyvale to win this election, his campaign needs to raise $40K very quickly.  Even though only registered voters in Sunnyvale can vote for Darab, ANY US citizen or permanent resident can donate much needed funds to this campaign.  With only 4 more weeks to go before the election, whether or not you're able to attend the 10/13 fundraiser, I urge you to go to the following link and make your most generous donation as soon as possible.  All levels of donation are meaningful and helpful:


For those of you in the Bay Area, please join us on Thursday, Oct. 13th to meet Mr. Ghaffary himself and hear for yourself his views, his qualifications, and why he needs the Iranian American community's support:


Date:                Thursday, 10/13

Time:                6:00 - 8:00 pm

Place:               Private Showroom of Medallion Rug Gallery

Address:           353 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA  94301

Min Donation:    $100

RSVP:              RSVP Required - Please RSVP at:

For questions:   Email or call (510) 595-3684



Hon. Sally Lieber, CA State Assemblymember

Hon. Pete McHugh, Santa Clara County Supervisor

Hon. Fred Fowler, Sunnyvale Councilmember and former Mayor

Hon. Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco County Supervisor

Mr. Mehran (Matt) Kamkar, SJ Small Business Development Commissioner

Professor Elahe Enssani, SF Immigrant Rights Commissioner

Ms. Nazly Mohajer, SF Human Rights Commissioner

and more...


This is Iranian-American community at its best and most powerful.  There should be as many co-hosts as possible.  (Co-hosts are donors who also intend to vigorously invite others to join us at this reception.)  To become a co-host, please RSVP and then send an email to or call (510) 595-3684.





Amidzad Partners


And Co-hosts:

Behnam Behzadi, Azadeh Hariri, Bahman & Azar Hashemi, Mehran Kamkar, Gita & Behzad Kashani, Parisa & Mehdi Maghsoodnia, Isaac & Maryam Malek, Mehrdad Moayedzadeh, Pejman Nozad, Mehdi Safipour, Morteza Tajally, Sasan Vossoughi, Majid Yekan, and more...


About Darab:


Darab views education, public safety, economic development and fiscal responsibility as the key issues in Sunnyvale.  Issues important to all Iranian Americans.


In his own words, he would like to "help ensure young families will have the same opportunities for education, good jobs and affordable housing. We must do everything possible to ensure that our children have the best schools possible. This is the only way to guarantee a higher quality of life and a brighter future for upcoming generations of Sunnyvale residents."


He has been serving the people of Sunnyvale since 1999, when the City Council appointed him to serve on the Sunnyvale Board of Building Code Appeals. He currently serves as the Board's Chairman. In addition, Mr. Ghaffary previously has served on the Sunnyvale "Multi-Cultural Outreach Task Force" -- working to expand representation and participation of multi-cultural populations at all levels of city government and in the community -- and on the Sunnyvale "Planning Task Force for Community Engagement."


For more information about Darab please visit:



Some important facts about this election:

  • This race will be decided in the upcoming elections in CA on Nov 8.
  • This is an open seat (i.e. there is no incumbent).  Darab is one of 3 candidates running for this seat (Seat #2).
  • Sunnyvale Mayor is chosen by rotation of seniority from its City Council members.  Therefore, if elected, Darab will automatically become the Mayor of Sunnyvale in a few years.
  • If elected, Darab will be the first Iranian American to be elected to Sunnyvale City Council.
  • This is a non-partisan race and Darab is running as an independent.
  • Sunnyvale, the second largest City in Santa Clara County, is an important city making this race an important one, and yet it is small enough to make the support of the Iranian-American community a factor that could make the difference between winning and losing.
  • Even though only registered voters in Sunnyvale can vote for Darab, ANY US citizen or permanent resident can donate much needed funds to this campaign.

Darab's Partial List of Endorsements:


  • Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers Association
  • Sunnyvale Employee Association
  • Sunnyvale Communication Workers Associations
  • SEIU, Local 715
  • California League of Conservation Voters of Santa Clara County
  • Police Officers Research Action Council  (PORAC representing over 55,000 peace officers in California)
  • Santa Clara County Council of Professional Firefighters
  • Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
  • Iranian-American Political Action Committee, IAPAC 


  • California State Assemblymember Sally Lieber
  • California State Assemblymember Joe Coto
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Pete McHugh
  • Sunnyvale Councilmember and former Mayor Fred Fowler
  • Sunnyvale Councilmember Melinda Hamilton
  • Sunnyvale School District Trustee Phyllis Fowler
  • Santa Clara Unified School District Board member Ernie Dossa
  • San Francisco County Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
  • Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner Dave Simons
  • Milpitas Vice Mayor Armando Gomez
  • Milpitas Councilmember and former Mayor Bob Livengood
  • Milpitas Councilmember Debbie Giordano
  • San Jose Small Business Development Commission Chairman & Iranian-American Chamber of Commerce Director Mehran (Matt) Kamkar
  • San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commissioner & Chair of USF Civil Engineering Dept. Elahe Enssani
  • San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner Nazly Mohajer
  • Civil Rights Attorney Banafsheh Akhlaghi
  • Iris Bloomer, Ph.D. n&k Technology, Santa Clara
  • Terry Trumbull J.D., LL.M. Faculty SJSU


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