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Ross Mirkarimi reelected to San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Ahsha Safai falls short - Iranian-Americans Ross Mirkarimi and Ahsha Safai, candidates for San Francisco Board of Supervisors, have displayed impressive results.


Ross Mirkarimi was reelected to San Francisco Board of Supervisors from District 5 with over 75% of the vote.  He was originally elected in 2004 as one of 11 county supervisors of San Francisco county, population 750,000.


Ahsha Safai who was seeking a seat for from District 11 for the first time, failed to be elected. However, he finished an impressive second gaining 25% of the votes compared to the leading candidate John Avalos who won with 30%.


Ross Mirkarimi's Biography:

Mirkarimi (pronounced Meehr-kah-reem-E) was born in Chicago in 1961 to an Iranian father and a Russian-American mother.  He received his Bachelor's degree in political science from St. Louis University, a Master's degree in international economics and affairs from Golden Gate University, and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of San Francisco.   A resident of San Francisco since 1984, Mirkarimi has been a tireless force for progressive change. A cofounder of California's Green Party, he has worked to put underdog progressive candidates in elected office and led legislative efforts and campaigns to make City Hall more accountable to the people.

As a supervisor, Mirkarimi has sponsored over 40 pieces of legislation, including a measure that requires police foot patrols in high-crime neighborhoods.  In March 2007, he authored legislation that prohibits the use of plastic bags made of petroleum products from certain chain stores, making San Francisco the first city to regulate such bags. "Instead of waiting for the federal government to do something about this country's oil dependence, environmental degradation or contribution to global warming, local governments can step up and do their part," explained Mirkarimi in an interview.  "We estimate that the plastic prohibition will save 450,000 gallons of oil and prevent 1,400 tons of trash from ending up in our landfills annually."   Since its passage, other cities around the country and in Europe are taking up similar measures. 

Mirkarimi has also been a vocal supporter of the Iranian American community in the Bay area.  He introduced a resolution in an effort to ensure that Iranian Americans are not discriminated against in the City of San Francisco and took swift action in responding to the unjust detainment of Iranian visitors who had legally traveled to the U.S. for an annual alumni college reunion.  In 2006, Mirkarimi joined Mayor Newsom in hosting over 500 guests from across the Bay Area for the 1st Annual Norouz Celebration in the City and County of San Francisco.


Ahsha Safai's Biography:


Safai was born in Iran in 1973 and moved to the United States at the age of five, said, "My first name, Asha, is actually a blend of my father's name, Ata Safai, and mother's name, Marsha McDonald, Safai said."


In 1978, Safai moved with his mother to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he pursued his education; Safai received his bachelor's degree in African American studies and political science from Northeastern University and his master's degree in urban studies and city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


After graduating from MIT, Safai moved to San Francisco and joined the city's Housing Authority. In 2003, he worked on Gavin Newsom's successful campaign for mayor and later served as the deputy director of the Mayor's Office of Community Development and in the San Francisco Department of Public Works.



Board of Supervisors, District 5
66 out of 66 precincts (100.00 %)
  Votes Percent
ROSS MIRKARIMI 17,728 77.56 %
ROB ANDERSON 1,312 5.74 %
OWEN P. O''DONNELL 3,816 16.70 %
WRITE-IN 1 0.00

Board of Supervisors, District 11
43 out of 43 precincts (100.00 %)
  Votes Percent
JULIO RAMOS 2,140 14.74 %
AHSHA SAFAI 3,562 24.54 %
MYRNA LIM 2,392 16.48 %
ELI M. HORN 219 1.51 %
JOHN AVALOS 4,371 30.12 %
RANDY KNOX 1,318 9.08 %
WRITE-IN 0 0.00 %

... Payvand News - 11/06/08 ... --

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