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The Arab American Institute proudly recognizes Arab Americans running for elected office across the country. From local school boards, to the United States House of Representatives, Arab Americans are serving their communities and our country in innumerable capacities. Head over to our Roster of Arab Americans in Public Service and Political Life for a list of those currently in office.

2018 Arab American Candidates

 

                      

 Name  State  Running for  District  Election Date Result
 Athena Salman AZ State House of
Represenatives
  26th

Primary: 8/28/18 

General: 11/6/18 

 
 Dr. Matt Heinz AZ  U.S. Congress    2nd

 Primary: 8/28/18 

General: 11/6/18 

                 
 Sam Jammal  CA  U.S. Congress    39th

 Primary: 6/5/18 

General: 11/6/18 

  Lost Primary   
 Ammar Campa-Najjar   CA  U.S. Congress 

   50th 

 Primary: 6/5/18 

General: 11/6/18 

                      
 Joe Shammas CA

U.S. Congress

29th

Primary: 6/5/18

General: 11/6/18

  Lost Primary
 Ahmad Zahra   CA  Fullerton City Council

5th 

 General: 11/6/18 

                      
 Joe Ganim CT Governor -

Primary: 8/14/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 John Mina FL Orange County Sheriff -

Primary: 8/28/18 

General: 11/6/18 

 
 Donna Shalala FL U.S. Congress 27th

Primary: 8/28/18 

General: 11/6/18 

 
 Sam Betar III IL Cook County Circuit
Court
13th

Primary: 3/20/18 

General: 11/6/18 

 
 Darin LaHood IL U.S. Congress   18th

Primary: 3/20/18 

General: 11/6/18  

 
 Abdelnasser Rashid IL  Cook County Board
 Commissioner
   17th

Primary: 3/20/18 

General: 11/6/18 

                      
 Teresa Isaac KY Mayor of Lexington -

Primary: 5/22/18 

General: 11/6/18 

  Lost Primary
 Ralph Abraham LA U.S. Congress 5th

General: 11/6/18 

 
 Garret Graves LA U.S. Congress 6th

General: 11/6/18 

 
 Dan Koh MA  U.S. Congress 3rd 

Primary: 9/18/18 

General: 11/6/18 

 

 Abraham Aiyash

MI State Senate 2nd

Primary: 8/7/18 

General: 11/6/18 

 
 Saad Almasmari MI State House of
Representatives
4th

Primary: 8/7/18 

General: 11/6/18

 
 Justin Amash MI U.S. Congress 3rd

Primary: 8/7/18 

General: 11/6/18 

 
 Sam Baydoun MI Wayne County
Commissioner
13th

Primary: 8/7/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Annette Berry MI Wayne County Circuit
Court
3rd

Primary: 8/7/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Diane D'Agostini MI Michigan District Court 48th

Primary: 8/7/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Dennis Denno MI MI State University
Board of Trustees
-

Primary: 8/7/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Alyia Hakim MI Michigan District Court 37th

Primary: 8/7/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Adel Harb MI Wayne County Circuit
Court
3rd

Primary: 8/7/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Michael Hatty MI Livingston County Circuit
Court
44th

Primary: 8/7/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Klint Kesto MI U.S. Congress 11th

Primary: 8/7/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Wisam Naoum MI State House of 
Representatives
30th

Primary: 8/7/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Mariam Saad Bazzi MI Wayne County Circuit
Court
3rd

Primary: 8/7/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Fayrouz Saad MI  U.S. Congress    11th

Primary: 8/7/18 

General: 11/6/18 

                      
 Matthew Sabaugh MI Michigan District Court,
Macomb County
37th

Primary: 8/7/18 

General: 11/6/18

 
 Sam Salamey MI Michigan District
Court, Wayne County,
Dearborn
19th

Primary: 8/7/18 

General: 11/6/18 

 
 Abdul El-Sayed MI  Governor of Michigan      -

Primary: 8/7/18 

General: 11/6/18 

                      
 Rashida Tlaib MI U.S. Congress 13th

Primary: 8/7/18 

General: 11/6/18 

 
 Chris Sununu NH Governor -

Primary: 9/11/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Andre Sayegh NJ Mayor of Paterson -

General: 5/8/18

  Won Election
 Jesse Sbaih NV  U.S. Senate      - 

 Primary: 6/12/18  

General: 11/6/18 

  Lost Primary 
 Shadia Tadros NY
Syracuse City Court
Judge

-

Primary: 9/13/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Dan David PA U.S. Congress 4th

Primary: 5/15/18

General: 11/6/18

 
 Ali A. Khorasani TX U.S. Congress 2nd

Primary: 3/6/18 

 Lost Primary 
 M. Emad Salem TX
State Democratic Party
Executive Committee,
Senate District

10th

 Convention: 6/22/18 

 
 Mo Seifeldein  VA  Alexandria City Council       -

 Primary: 6/12/18 

 General: 11/6/18 

 

 Marc Solomon

VA  Alexandria School Board  A

General: 11/6/18 

 

  

Contact Heba Mohammad to add additional Arab American candidates. 

See candidates and election results from past years here.