Iranian-American Civic Leadership: Parisa Dehghani-Tafti Beats Incumbent to Win Northern Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney Primary

Last month, the Iranian-American Chamber of Commerce highlighted the campaign of Iranian-American Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, the nominee for commonwealth’s attorney in the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington and Falls Church. The commonwealth’s attorney serves as the elected prosecutor of felony crimes in Virginia (in most states, the job is referred to as a “district attorney”).
 On June 11, Virginia held its primary elections, in which Dehghani-Tafti ran against the two-term Democratic incumbent, Theo Stamos, who held the position for seven years. Dehghani-Tafti ran on a platform of criminal justice reform, and won the primary with 52% of the vote.

In response to her primary win, Dehghani-Tafti tweeted, “I am humbled and honored at the trust the voters of Arlington and the City of Falls Church have placed in our campaign. This election wasn’t about me but about the community’s recognition that criminal justice reform is one of the civil rights issues of our time.” Virginia’s general election will be held on November 5, 2019.

by USIRC Staff

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