Running to Win – Iranian American Sets Her Sights on City Council Seat in Carlsbad, California
Washington, D.C. - Farrah Douglas, a prominent Iranian American businesswoman and community activist, is currently a candidate for the city council of Carlsbad, California. Douglas is seeking the seat currently occupied by Julie Nygaard. Nygaard was appointed to the council in 2007 when the ailing Norine Sigafoose resigned due to ill health. Nygaard is not running for reelection.
Douglas was born in Iran. She put herself through college there, earning a B.A. in English and French literature/translation. After graduating from college, she worked as a journalist, report, writer, translator and interpreter. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1979, she attended Mira Costa College and Palomar College while obtaining her real estate license and working as a real estate agent. She also received a master's degree in philosophy from San Diego State University.
Douglas and her husband have been the owners of a small printing business in Carlsbad since 1990. The first day their shop opened, the couple made only 50 cents. Since then, the business has grown exponentially to become very successful.
Douglas has been extremely active in the community life of Carlsbad. She has served as chairman of the board of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. She has been on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation, and the Carlsbad High Noon Rotary, among other organizations. The awards she has won include the Carlsbad Unified School District Recognition Award (1998, from the Chamber Education Committee) the Carlsbad Christmas Bureau Recognition Award (2000), and Congressman Darrell Issa’s Outstanding Community Service Award (2001). In 2006, Douglas was selected by the City Council to serve as a voting member on the Carlsbad Planning Commission.
“I have found great enjoyment and satisfaction through my efforts in public service. Now, the spirit of service I've exhibited during the past 20 years has led me to the decision to seek office as a member of the City Council," says Douglas. “With my business background, my knowledge of our city, my global outlook and understanding, my open door policy, my commitment to listen and understand your concerns and issues and my honest and thoughtful leadership style, I will be a diligent and productive council member, who understands the true meaning of public service.”
Douglas' campaign committee is titled "Farrah Douglas for the Future." Carlsbad Mayor Bud Lewis is her "honorary" campaign chairman, while Planning Commission Chairwoman Julie Baker is her actual campaign manager. “I support Farrah for Carlsbad City Council because of her strong work ethics, intelligence and determination to do what’s right for our citizens. Farrah has proven her leadership abilities as a business owner and as a volunteer on many civic boards and commissions in Carlsbad," explains Baker.