Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC)


IAPAC Endorses the Campaigns of Aspiring Iranian American Candidates



Friday, May 8, 2009

IAPAC Endorses the Campaigns of Aspiring Iranian American Candidates

Washington, D.C. - The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), today announced its contributions to the campaigns of Amir Farokhi and David Vahedi who are respectively running for City Council seats in Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Having been born and raised in Atlanta, Farokhi takes pride in understanding the needs and concerns of its diverse population. Farokhi, a graduate of Duke University School of Law, 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.

"I am touched and honored to receive IAPAC's endorsement of my candidacy for the Atlanta City Council,” said Farokhi. “IAPAC's support is tremendously helpful to my campaign because it allows me to reach voters across 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.”

Vahedi was born and raised in Los Angeles. A former auditor for California’s State Board of Equalization, Vahedi came in first place in the March 3rd primary election to fill the vacant 5th District Los Angeles City Council seat. Running against five other well funded and politically connected candidates in the primary, Vahedi was able to galvanize a powerful political base of community leaders to become the very first Iranian American to ever win a City of Los Angeles primary.

Vahedi, whose campaign was recently endorsed by the LA Times, will face former West Hollywood Mayor Paul Koretz in the run-off election on May 19, 2009. If successful, he will become the first Iranian American elected to serve on the City Council of Los Angeles. “IAPAC's endorsement of my candidacy for Los Angeles City Council Fifth District, which has the largest Iranian American population in the United States, is a humbling honor, “ said Vahedi. “As a first-generation Iranian American, the strong connection and support I feel from this endorsement cannot be measured only in dollars."

IAPAC is the registered bipartisan connected PAC of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), which contributes to candidates for public office who are attuned to the domestic concerns of the Iranian American community. IAPAC focuses exclusively on domestic policy issues such as civil rights and immigration, and encourages Americans of Iranian descent to actively participate in the American electoral process and run for public office.