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Helen Gulgun Bukulmez and G. Lincoln McCurdy enjoying a glass of Turkish wine on election night, November 2, 2021, in Lancaster Kentucky.

2021 Election

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!

Becoming Turkish-American in Iran

Daphne McCurdy reflects on her experience visiting Iran as a Turkish American under her Turkish identity. newlinesmag.com/first-person/becoming-turkish-american-in-iran Daphne McCurdy formerly served in the U.S. Department of State overseeing stabilization and democracy programs across the Middle East.

2020 Election Results

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.

NC-TAW PAC’s Official Announcement

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 […]

Why Turkish-Americans should support Joe Biden for President in 2020

As we approach the end of the election season and begin considering who we, as Turkish Americans will vote for as President, as well as the Congressional and local candidates to support our Presidential pick, it’s important to stop and think about where we are as a country, how our community will be affected, and know that we are in a powerful position to make positive changes.

2020 Election: Candidates from the Turkish American Community on the Ballot

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 […]

Turkish Americans Running for Political Office

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 […]

Candidates with Ties to The Turkish American Community

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 […]

Other Heritage Groups

Senators who are currently serving and identify with Heritage Communities, excluding American minorities (African, Hispanic and Native Americans) and most Europeans: • Duckworth, Tammy D-IL (Chinese and Thai) • Durbin, Dick D-IL (Lithuanian) • Harris, Kamala D-CA (Indian and Jamaican) • Hirono, Mazie D-HI (Japanese) Members of the House of Representatives who are currently serving […]

Turkish Americans Meet With Delegate-Elect Lauren Arikan

On December 4, Turkish Americans in the Washington, D.C, Maryland, Virginia area met at Cafe Georgetown for a holiday-themed, third town hall meeting to celebrate the election victory of Lauren Arikan, who was recently elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in the 7th District.  Lauren is married to Turkish American Yusuf Arikan. The series of town-hall meetings […]

Turkish Americans Hold Town Hall Meeting

On September 11, Turkish Americans in the Washington, D.C, Maryland, Virginia area held a “town hall meeting” and discussion with Lale M. Morrison, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings‘ (D-FL/20th) Chief of Staff, over delicious Turkish food and drinks at Kazan Restaurant in McLean, VA. TC USA PAC Treasurer G. Lincoln McCurdy and TC NE PAC Treasurer Mert Kayan […]

Turkish Americans Meet with Congressional Candidate Jesse Colvin

On July 19th, TC Northeast PAC Treasurer Mert Kayan hosted a meet and greet in Washington, DC with Jesse Colvin, Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 1st district, for members of the Turkish American community.  His wife Jordan and their son also attended.  Colvin served six years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer […]

L to R: Candidate Lauren Arikan, State Assembly 7th District, Governor Larry Hogan, MD-R and Yusuf Arikan

Lauren Arikan Wins Maryland Republican Primary Election

Congratulations to Lauren Arikan, spouse of Yusuf Arikan and member of the Turkish American community, for her win in the Maryland Republican primary election for House of Delegates (District 7) on June 26th! Lauren has been endorsed by several of her Republican colleagues such as Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD/1st) and Delegate Pat McDonough (R-MD/7th). She […]

TC Northeast PAC Hosts MD Former Congresswoman Donna Edwards

On May 7th the TC Northeast PAC hosted a fundraiser at the Turkish American Community Center and Mosque for former Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards, who is running for Prince George’s County Executive, in Lanham, MD. Donna Edwards is a longtime friend of the Turkish American community since her tenure on Capitol Hill. The event provided […]

Mert Kayan Meets with Former Congresswoman Edwards

On March 27, former Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards, who is running for Prince George’s County Executive, met with Mert Kayan, Treasurer of the Turkish Coalition Northeast Political Action Committee (TC-NE PAC) in Washington, D.C. They discussed her campaign, Maryland politics, and the broad US-Turkey relationship. Edwards expressed interest in reaching out to the Turkish American […]