Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC)


Meet the Newest Slate of IAPAC Candidates



Thursday, October 19, 2006

Meet the Newest Slate of IAPAC Candidates

Washington DC – The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) today announced its endorsement of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Congressman Michael M. Honda (D-15th/CA), and Sheila Hanson candidate for Orange County Superior Court Judge.

 IAPAC is a registered bipartisan political action committee that 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 it encourages Americans of Iranian descent to actively participate in civic affairs.

 The candidates who receive contributions from IAPAC have an exceptional track record on the domestic issues of importance to the Iranian American community, have articulated a readiness to engage and work with Iranian Americans in addressing their concerns, or are in a position to have influence over the domestic legislative issues of concern to the community.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) 

 Senator Edward M. Kennedy has represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate since he was first elected in 1962 to finish the term of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. Since then, he has been re-elected seven times, and is now the second most senior member of the Senate. Kennedy serves on the Judiciary Committee, where he is the Ranking Democrat on the Immigration, Border Security, and Citizenship Subcommittee.

Congressman Michael M. Honda (D-15th/CA)

 Congressman Mike Honda represents the 15th District of California. Throughout his life, Honda has tried to remember the lessons he learned growing up in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. This experience came to the forefront again after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. As all Americans struggled in the aftermath of the tragedy, Honda focused on protecting civil liberties and making sure the same kind of blind discrimination would not lead to internment camps for Middle Eastern citizens as well.

Sheila Hanson Candidate for Orange County Superior Court Judge

 Sheila Hanson is a prosecutor with more than 16 years of experience in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. She is currently a Senior Deputy District Attorney, supervising the Felony Filing Unit. Garnering key endorsements from police officers, judges, government leaders, and victims’ rights advocates, Hanson has a real opportunity to win the November 7th judicial election. If successful, she will become only the second American of Iranian descent to be elected to the Superior Court of California.