Iranian-American Civic Leadership: Parisa Dehghani-Tafti Runs for Arlington-Falls Church Commonwealth Attorney of Virginia

On June 11, the Commonwealth of Virginia will hold its primary elections, which will offer Democrats in Arlington and Falls Church a choice for a nominee for Commonwealth’s Attorney, the chief prosecutor for those two jurisdictions.

This year, the two-term incumbent, Theo Stamos, is challenged by a political newcomer, Iranian-American Parisa Dehghani-Tafti. Dehghani-Tafti built her legal career on criminal justice reform, and currently serves as the legal director for the nonprofit Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.

Among her campaign issues, she is calling for reform to the Arlington-Falls Church prosecutor’s office, and draws attention to issues of equity and transparency. If elected, Dehghani-Tafti has pledged to increase transparency and accountability, focus on serious crimes, eliminate cash bail, and expand diversion programs. Her focus on transparency and evidence-based and equitable practices in law enforcement have caught the attention of many legal groups in Virginia, and she has the endorsements of Former Governor Terry McAuliffe, Marcus Simon, Delegate for Virginia’s 53rd District, and Former State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, among many others.

The Iranian-American Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize Dehghani-Tafti’s campaign, which serves as a great example of how Iranian-Americans can serve meaningful, important roles as civic leaders in the United States. Her official campaign website is

by USIRCC Staff

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