Posted by on November 07, 2012 in Blog

AAI is committed to updating you on the results and progress of Arab American candidates running for office and reelection across the country. You can always view the candidates and their election results here.

Arab American members of Congress fared well in last night’s election, with at least four of the five retaining their seats. Arab American Congressman Charles Boustany (R) will face off against Congressman Jeff Landry (R) in a December runoff election. Boustany had a clear lead in last night’s election, taking 45% of the vote compared to Landry’s 30%, but failed to garner the 50% of the vote required to avoid a runoff.

In California, Rep. Darrell Issa (R) handily won his reelection bid, as expected, and Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) also claimed a sizeable victory, defeating Democrat Dan Lamb by nearly 50,000 votes. In Michigan, Rep. Justin Amash (R) held on to the 3rd district with 52.7% of the vote, and Rep. Nick Rahall kept West Virginia’s 3rd district firmly out of the hands of Republican Rick Snuffer with 53.9% of the vote.

Also in Michigan, State Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-6) was reelected with a whopping 92% of the vote, and George Darany retained his seat as the 15th district State Representative. Mike Bouchard was reelected as Oakland County Sheriff, and newcomer Sam Salamey defeated incumbent Richard Wygonik by a large margin to become Michigan’s new 19th District Court Judge.

Rahall’s was not the only Arab American victory in West Virginia, as Doug Skaff of South Charleston was also reelected to the House of Delegates. California also saw multiple Arab American successes; State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R) won his reelection in the 74th district and Johnny Khamis, candidate for San Jose City Council, currently maintains a lead in votes, though the result will not be final until later today after the mail-in ballots are counted.

In Florida, Michelle Kalil won the election for Duval County Judge, and State Attorney Angela Corey was unopposed in her race for reelection. Arizona State Senator Michele Reagan (R) was also unopposed in her reelection bid for the 23rd District.

Although Arab American Joe Kyrillos (R) lost his U.S. Senate bid in New Jersey, Samir Hayek was reelected to the Prospect Park Borough Council. Texas State Representative Mark Strama (D) ran unopposed to keep his District 50 seat.

AAI was happy to see so many Arab American candidates run for office this year; please let us know if there are any Arab American candidates we missed. We congratulate all those candidates who won their races, and hope to see even more Arab American successes in the future. 

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