Source: Iran Times
There are currently seven Iranians holding elective office in North America-five in California and one each in Ontario and Texas.
Reza Moridi, born in Urumiyeh, was elected in October 2007 as a member of the 107-seat Ontario provincial legislature from Greater Toronto. He is a Liberal, which is the governing party in the province. He is the only Iranian elected office-holder in Canada.
Sheila Meskin Hanson has the largest electorate of any Iranian-American as a Superior Court judge elected in November 2006 in Orange County, California. The county has a population of 3 million.
Susan Etezadi was elected in June 2006, also as a Superior Court judge, in San Mateo County. Located in northern California, it has a population of 700,000.
Ross Mirkarimi was elected in 2004 as one of 11 county supervisors of San Francisco county, population 750,000. He is up for re-election this year.
Farid Javandel was elected the same day to the city council of Albany, California, a town of 18,000 people on the east side of San Francisco Bay. He is up for re-election this year.
Jimmy Delshad was elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 to the city council of Beverly Hills, California. Adjacent to Los Angeles, it has a population of 34,000. For one year, he also served as mayor.
Natasha Kamrani won election in December 2005 to one of nine seats on the Houston School Board. It is the seventh largest school system in the United States. The city has a population of 2 million.
The Iran Times is aware of four Iranian-Americans seeking elective office for the first time this year.
Susan Amini ran in the August 19 primary for a judgeship on the Superior Court in Washington's King County, which includes Seattle. She came in third in the three-candidate race despite being endorsed by both of Seattle's major dailies. With all 159,000 votes counted, Amini had 24 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Tim Bradshaw and 30 percent for Suzanne Parisien.
Darius Shahinfar, whose father is Iranian, is seeking the Democratic nomination for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 21st District of New York, which includes parts of Albany and towns to the west. The incumbent Democrat is retiring. The seat is considered safely Democratic. But eight Democrats have filed to run in the primary, which will be held September 9.
Farrah Douglas is one of three candidates running in the November election for a seat on the city council in Carlsbad, California. Born and educated in Iran, she married an American working there. The family moved to California at the time of revolution. Carlsbad, 30 miles north of San Diego, has a population of 100,000.
Ahsha Safai is seeking a seat on the 11-member Board of Supervisors in San Francisco. See accompanying story.
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