On November 2, 2021, I was fortunate to witness a historical event in American politics that took place in the Bluegrass State, Kentucky. Would you ever imagine a Turkish immigrant female attorney opposing an African American male physician in a special election to fill a vacant seat? They were running for the Kentucky State Senate District 22 in a conservative, predominately white district. Such a scenario would have been inconceivable a few years ago!
The Turkish American community witnessed the highest number of candidates running for public office in 2020 with 13 members of the community declaring their candidacy for federal, state, and local positions.
Turkish American Derya Taskin will participate as one of the 14 New Jersey delegates when the 538 electors of the Electoral College from the 50 states and the District of Columbia cast their official votes for president and vice president on December 14, 2020
Sevgili Arkadaşlar, We are happy to announce that we have officially launched the National Coalition of Turkish American Women Political Action Committee (NC-TAW PAC) on October 29, Turkish Republic Day. NC-TAW PAC’s mission is to encourage and support Turkish Americans, particularly women, to participate in the American political system by engaging with elected officials and […]
Updated on October 29 , 2020 Upcoming Election Dates November 3 is the general election. There are now eight candidates from the Turkish American community on the ballot. The eight candidates are: – John Alpay, running for a nonpartisan seat on the City Council of San Juan Capistrano, CA, www.JohnAlpay.com – Onur Arugaslan, running for […]
Updated on October 29, 2020 2020 has seen the highest number of Turkish Americans, a total of ten, ever running for elected office in one year. Already, one candidate, Aycha Sirvanci Sawa, has been elected as the Chief Financial Officer (Comptroller) for a major American city, Milwaukee, on April 7. With Sawa’s election, the number […]
Updated on October 29, 2020 Ben Bartlett Ben Bartlett (nonpartisan candidate) is seeking reelection to the Berkeley City Council District III (California). He was first elected to the city council in 2016 and was supported by the Turkish Coalition California PAC. He is married to Turkish American Yelda Mesbah Bartlett, a two-time Super Lawyer and […]
Updated June 18, 2020 John Alpay John Alpay, a resident of San Clemente, served as Area 3 Trustee for the Capistrano Unified School District, the ninth largest school district in California from November 2010 until 2016. He previously served as a Parks & Recreation Commissioner for San Clemente, and on the Budget & Finance Committee […]