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Iranian American Front Running Candidate for Los Angeles City Council



Friday, May 8, 2009

Iranian American Front Running Candidate for Los Angeles City Council                                               

Los Angeles, CA - The Iranian American community is pleased that one of their own, David 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, David 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.

 On May 19th, David Vahedi will face former West Hollywood Mayor Paul Koretz, who recently moved to Los Angeles, in the run-off election. If successful, David Vahedi will become the first Iranian American elected to serve on the City Council of Los Angeles.

 David Vahedi began his career in public service as an auditor for the California State Board of Equalization after receiving his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Vahedi then continued his education by receiving his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, after which he started his own private practice focusing on civil litigation.

 Aside from his professional work, Vahedi is a 10-year Board Member of one of the largest Homeowner’s Associations in Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Westside Neighborhood Council. Believing in community service, Vahedi serves as a pro-bono attorney for Friends of Animals and other rescue organizations. He has also mentored at-risk teens in his district and has been a volunteer and supporter of Protect the Vote and many other civic groups, ranging from the Sierra Club to Save the Ballona Wetlands.

 Vahedi’s campaign for the District 5 seat is built on a strong platform focusing on improving public safety, increasing investment on infrastructure, and helping to improve traffic congestion. His campaign has received key endorsements from the law enforcement community, homeowners associations, and public officials. If elected, David Vahedi has vowed to welcome all his constituents to feel free to voice their concerns and opinions to him, an approach that has helped create a large coalition of local organizations supporting his candidacy.

 Council District 5, called the “Jewel of the City”, completely surrounds Beverly Hills, and includes the communities of Westwood, Century City, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Cheviot Hills, Encino, Beverly Wilshire, Carthay Circle, and Sherman Oaks. The District is home to approximately 258,000 residents, with one of the highest voter registrations - approximately 62 percent -in the City.

 PAAIA and its connected PAC, the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), recently had the opportunity to sit down with Vahedi and discuss his campaign for Los Angeles City Council District 5.