Endorsed Candidates

The 2020 Election may be the most critical vote in our lifetime. It is more important than ever that Iranian Americans and our allies have a powerful voice at the ballot box.

That’s why we are excited to announce NIAC Action’s first 2020 endorsements – our largest ever single wave of endorsements!

We have an opportunity to elect more Iranian Americans into office than ever before. And we have our best chance ever to send the first Iranian American to the U.S. Congress!

We have identified twelve champions of our community – incumbent members of Congress who have worked to prevent war and end Trump’s ban on our families, and Iranian Americans who are ready to make an impact in all levels of government. With your help, we can elect them to office and bring real change in 2020.

By making a donation to NIAC Action PAC, you can help elect these champions of our community and send a powerful, united message that Iranian Americans will not be ignored on the political stage.

View Candidates by State:
Yassamin Ansari

Phoenix City Council, District 7 - AZ

Yassamin Ansari is a climate activist and rising political star in the Iranian-American community. She has worked at the United Nations, serving as the youngest advisor to UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon, and with the office of California Governor Jerry Brown on climate initiatives.

Dary Rezvani

State Center Community College District Trustee Area 3 - CA

Dary is running for State Center Community College District Trustee Area 3 because he wants to ensure budget cuts don’t negatively impact students, compensation for educators, and tuition. He is also dedicated to protecting the union workers that were displaced by the privatization of the community college bookstore and keeping the cost of books affordable for students.

Katie Porter

U.S. Congress - CA

Congresswoman Porter represents the second largest population of Iranian Americans in any Congressional district in the country. Katie defeated an anti-diplomacy, pro-Muslim Ban incumbent who held this seat in 2018 and strongly supports our legislative priorities. NIAC Action was proud to endorse Katie in 2018 and we must protect this swing seat in 2020!

Marjan Philhour

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 1 - CA

Marjan is an Iranian-American woman entrepreneur, small business owner, community organizer, Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff in the California Governor’s Office, Legislative Aide in the US Capitol, City Commissioner for the Status of Women, and Senior Advisor to the Mayor. She is a proven leader who has the skills and experience to cut through the bureaucracy at City Hall to make things happen.

Ro Khanna

U.S. Congress - CA

Congressman Khanna is a leading advocate for an anti-war U.S. foreign policy in line with NIAC Action’s priorities. He is the champion of efforts to end wars in the Middle East and end unconditional U.S. support for inhumane policies and actors in the region. He is the leader of legislative efforts to prevent war with Iran.

Sepi Shyne

West Hollywood City Council - CA

Shyne immigrated to the United States from Iran when she was 11 years old and has been a lifelong advocate for women’s rights. She is a business law attorney and a small business owner who has served as co-chair for Human Rights LA and co-president of the LGBT Bar Association of LA. If elected, Shyne will be the first LGBTQ+ Iranian elected to hold public office in the world.

Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson

Santa Cruz City Council - CA

Shebreh is an Iranian-American first-time candidate running for the City of Santa Cruz. She carries over two decades of experience in public health and social services. She also regularly works directly with the County Board of Supervisors and each of the four city jurisdictions in the county in helping develop local policies, as well as serves on multiple boards, Commissions, and County Committees.

Yara Zokaie

Colorado House District 49 - CO

Yara Zokaie for Colorado State Representative, District 49. If elected, Yara will be the first Iranian-American woman to hold public office in Colorado. Yara is running to be an advocate for those that are missing a voice in the Colorado legislature. These vulnerable groups include minorities, working class, small businesses, and older adults. She finds that so often the legislature has negotiated in favor of giant corporations and ordinary people get left behind.

Anna Eskamani

Florida House of Delegates - FL

Representative Eskamani is one of the first Iranian-American women to be elected to office and a progressive champion in her state of Florida. NIAC Action was proud to join President Barack Obama and several other high-profile national organizations in endorsing her in 2018. Anna is the recipient of NIAC’s “Rising Star” Award and a consistent champion of the Iranian-American community.

Seth Moulton

U.S. Congress - MA

Congressman Moulton is a Marine veteran and a respected voice in Congress on national security issues. He has called for the U.S. to return to its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal and supports diplomatic rather than military efforts with Iran.

Rashida Tlaib

U.S. Congress - MI

Congresswoman Tlaib is a leading advocate of efforts to end the Muslim Ban and has committed to blocking Trump from going to war with Iran. She has used her national platform to promote issues and values in line with NIAC Action’s mission.

Ilhan Omar

U.S. Congress - MN

Congresswoman Omar has championed many of NIAC Action’s priorities, including working to end inhumane sanctions and leading efforts to end the Muslim Ban. She is a member of the No War with Iran Caucus and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Tom Malinowski

U.S. Congress - NJ

Congressman Malinowski was elected to this swing seat in 2018 a highly competitive race and is being targeted by pro-Trump groups in 2020. He is a former State Department official who now sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he has advocated against the Muslim Ban and in favor of diplomatic efforts to resolve challenges with Iran.

David Emami

Happy Valley City Council - OR

David is Oregon’s first-ever Iranian-American City Councilor. As City Councilor, he has had a number of accomplishments such as passing a diversity and inclusion proclamation and worked in conjunction with the United Community Alliance of Happy Valley to build a more safe and inclusive community.

Shireen Ghorbani

Salt Lake County Council - UT

Shireen Ghorbani is the first Iranian American woman to serve on the Salt Lake County Council, representing 1.1 million residents. As a County Council member, one of Ghorbani’s most prominent achievements has been introducing and passing a successful measure to transition Salt Lake County to 100% renewable energy.

Siamak Khadjenoury

Utah House of Representatives, District 49 - UT

Siamak is an Iranian-American father, community activist, and life-long Democrat. He’s been involved in local and international politics since regularly working with state capitol members on health care policy and services on several boards. His decision to run was mainly influenced by party leaders and party chairs, who encouraged and supported his candidacy.

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