Candidate Atlanta City Council Post 2 At Large
"I am touched and honored to receive IAPAC's endorsement of my candidacy for the Atlanta City Council. IAPAC's support is tremendously helpful to my campaign because it allows me to build a campaign that will reach voters across Atlanta and promote changes that make it easier and safer to live in Atlanta. I commend IAPAC and PAAIA for their work promoting the diversity and success of the Iranian-American community and supporting Iranian American engagement in public life. I hope to make the Iranian American community proud as I build a winning campaign."
Having been born and raised in Atlanta, Farokhi takes pride in understanding the needs and concerns of Atlanta's diverse population. While attending Duke University for his bachelor's degree, he served in the student government where he pushed through legislation to have Martin Luther King Jr. day recognized as an official school holiday.
After graduating from Duke, Farokhi lived abroad in Taiwan and traveled extensively. From this experience, Farokhi gained important lessons that he believes will help turn Atlanta into a livable world-class city that embraces its diversity, history, and Southern roots. Farokhi returned to Duke University for law school and then to Atlanta where he currently practices law at a prestigious local law firm.
Farokhi serves on the Board of Directors of the Charles R. Drew Charter School in East Lake and the Board of Trustees of The Galloway School. He is also a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.
Farokhi is running for Atlanta's Post 2 At-Large City Council Seat. The election, which will be held in November of 2009, marks the first time an Iranian American has run for public office in the City of Atlanta.
Farokhi's campaign is rooted in plans to reform what he sees as an inefficient city government that lacks the resources to effectively respond to the concerns of Atlanta's residents and businesses. Furthermore, he is an advocate of affordable housing and protecting and empowering Atlanta's neighborhoods. His campaign has been endorsed by a number of State Representatives from Atlanta, including Margaret Kaiser and Stacey Abrams. He has also received the endorsement of a number of Neighborhood Planning Units (citizen advisory councils) throughout the City.
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Residence: Atlanta, GA
Education: BA Duke University; JD Duke University