Press Release by Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (BAIAD)
SAN JOSE, CA - Aug 31, 2016 - Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (BAIAD) announced today that its members have voted to endorse Ro Khanna for the 17th District Congressional seat.
On August 23, 2016 BAIAD held an endorsement meeting where both Congressman Mike Honda and challenger Ro Khanna sat down with its members and engaged in substantive discussions on issues pertinent to the Iranian American community, the Democratic Party, and the country as a whole.
Everyone in the room agreed that Congressman Honda has served the District, Democrats, and the Iranian-American community faithfully and wholeheartedly over the course of his public service. As Democrats and Iranian-Americans, we are fortunate to have Mike Honda as our Congressional representative for CD 17, said BAIAD interim president Sousan Manteghi-Safakish, adding his (Honda's) humility understates his resolve to serving his district and to stand up for the rights of minority groups, in spite of popular political sentiment.
Manteghi-Safakish continued: I am moved by the liveliness and quality of the debate our members engaged in before casting their votes. Adding, While we are lucky that in the 17th District we have two great candidates to choose from, our members have spoken by voting to endorse Mr. Ro Khanna in this election. For a majority of BAIAD members, Ro Khanna would bring new energy, insight, and vision to the 17th District.
Ro's grasp on local and national policy issues impressed the BAIAD membership. He not only has a firm understanding of the problems, he brings solutions to the table. In Ro, we will have a representative who will go toe-to-toe with Paul Ryan and the Republican leadership. We have an ally who will support Hillary Clinton in supporting our great country achieve its potential. Finally, and equally important, we have an innovative thinker who knows how to tackle some of our most pressing and difficult problems.
NOTE: To get involved, or for additional information about Ro Khanna and his campaign visit his official website at http://www.rokhanna.com/.
Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats, BAIAD, is a 100% volunteer-based organization that was founded in June 2004 on the basic principle that the time has come for Iranian Americans to develop a powerful political voice and influence by becoming active and responsible participants of American democracy.
To date, 100% of all BAIAD activities have been funded through membership dues, events ticket sales and small donations (with average donation being under $100).
BAIAD has been chartered (officially recognized) by the Santa Clara County and Alameda County Democratic Parties. However, BAIAD is an autonomous organization. In other words, the direction of BAIAD and choices about its activities are made solely and entirely by its Board of Directors. Not only that, but in fact BAIAD has determined one of its objectives to be educating the Democratic Party and encouraging it to improve its positions on issues important to Iranian-Americans. (read more)
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