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Sheila Hanson Wins Judicial Election in California



Thursday, November 9, 2006

Sheila Hanson Wins Judicial Election in California

Los Angeles, CA  - IAPAC Candidate, Deputy District Attorney Sheila Hanson, claimed victory in Tuesday’s election to become the first American of Iranian descent to win election to the Orange County Superior Court.

 Hanson has seventeen years of prosecutorial experience in the District Attorney’s office of Orange County. She has participated in 80 jury trials and has never had a case overturned on appeal. On May 25, 2006, the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) awarded Hanson its highest rating, 'Highly Qualified', for the position of Superior Court Judge. Garnering key endorsements from police officers, judges, government leaders and victims’ rights advocates, Hanson was considered the law enforcement community’s choice in this judicial election.

 Final results showed Hanson defeating her opponent, Lyle J. Robertson, by a margin of 58.4 percent to 41.6 percent. Hanson’s campaign grabbed an early lead with the first returns and never relinquished control of the race.

 Hanson’s victory makes her the second American of Iranian descent to be elected to the California Superior Court. Earlier this year, Susan Etezadi won the June 6th primary election to become the first Iranian American Judge to serve in the Superior Court of San Mateo County. “I am very thankful for the support I received from the Iranian American community in Southern California. It makes me very humble and proud that the people of Orange County voted for me," Hanson said.