(Updated from the 2019 candidate profile) 

We’re excited to announce our official endorsement of Sepi Shyne for West Hollywood City Council. Shyne is the first Iranian-American member of the LGBTQ+ community to run for the West Hollywood City Council. NIAC Action is proud to have endorsed Shyne in 2019 and 2020. 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. 

Sepi Shyne is a front-running Democratic candidate for the City Council seat. She’san attorney and runs two small businesses, including a law firm. Sepi has written, “As a lesbian, Iranian immigrant and woman of color, I was never supposed to run for office … But at a time when our most basic rights are under attack and hateful legislators chip away at the foundation of our democracy, I am running.” We think she’s the most qualified candidate for this seat and is excited to give her our support.

Our endorsement for Sepi joins a slough of other notable endorsements for Sepi’s campaign, including endorsements from Senate President Pro Tem Emeritus and Los Angeles City Councilmember Elect Kevin De Leon and Lindsay Carlson, AD54 LA County Democratic Party Central Committee Delegate and President of Heart of LA Democratic Club, as well as over a dozen other elected officials. She’s also been endorsed by the National Women’s Political Caucus, Stonewall Young Democrats, and The Unite HERE Local 11 Labor Union. 

Sepi is running a grassroots campaign and is heavily focused on canvassing, phone banking, GOTV efforts, and community events. 

If elected in the November 2020 general election, Sepi Shyne would become the first woman of color to serve on the West Hollywood City Council. Sepi needs our support to make this happen

Electing Iranian-American candidates is a key part of building political power for our community. We hope we can count on you.


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