IAPAC Holds Meet & Greet Reception with Congressional Candidate Amir Omar
Washington, DC (March 15, 2006) - The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) held a Meet & Greet reception with special guest Mr. Amir Omar, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress (TX-30th). The event was held at the home of IAPAC Trustee Mr. Robert Babayi and co-hosted by Mrs. Fariba Jahanbani and Mr. Reza Jahanbani. The reception was arranged for the purpose of familiarizing the Iranian American community in Washington, DC with Mr. Omar’s candidacy for the 30th Congressional District of Texas. If successful, Omar will be the first Republican to represent District 30 as well as the first American of Iranian descent to serve in the U.S. Congress.
IAPAC’s Political Director, Mr. Morad Ghorban, began the evening’s proceedings by introducing Mr. Omar emphasizing the need for Iranian Americans regardless of their party affiliation to be supportive of his campaign. “Amir is an exceptional candidate who has vast knowledge of his district, ” said Mr. Ghorban. “Based on his vision, energy and optimism for the future of his the District, Amir has built alliances with and gained endorsements from community leaders such as the former Chairman of Dallas County Republican Party and a recommendation from the Dallas Morning News.”
Mr. Omar conveyed his enthusiasm for having the opportunity to run for public office. “We have built a following and tremendous amount of excitement within our Party and in the community,” said Omar. Omar explained that education and economic development are the major issues facing the 30th District of Texas. “The District has not seen its fair share of progress, prosperity and optimism the rest of the region has enjoyed.” Omar believes that economic development should be the number one priority for all the elected officials in his district. “What we need is leadership to bring all vested interests to the negotiating table and move us forward as a team,” said Omar.
Omar went on to explain his strategy of taking his positive non-partisan message to the voter’s of the 30th District. “It is important for me to meet with people from all walks of life and political persuasions, including those who have felt neglected by the GOP in the past,” said Omar. His campaign is focused on outreach to Republican and Democratic constituencies. “This campaign is bigger than our respective parties.”
Following his presentation, there was a question and answer segment, in which Omar answered a variety of questions. Before leaving the reception, Omar took pictures and spoke individually to many of the guests.