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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.

2016 Arab American Candidates

Name State Running for District Election Date Result
 Matt Heinz  AZ  U.S. House of Representatives  2

 Primary: 8/30/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary Election
 Chris Chahinian   CA  California State House of Representatives  25  Primary: 6/7/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Lost Primary Election

 

 Basim Elkarra  CA  Twin Rivers School Board  5  Primary: 6/7/16

 

  Won Election

 

 Darrell Issa   CA  U.S. House of Representatives  49  Primary: 6/7/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary Election

 

 James Kaddo   CA  Los Angeles Superior Court Judge  -  Primary: 6/7/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary Election

 

 Johnny Khamis   CA  San Jose City Council  10  Primary: 6/7/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary Election

 

 Naser "Nas" Khoury   CA  Los Angeles Superior Court Judge  -  Primary: 6/7/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Lost Primary Election

 

 Joe Shammas   CA  California State House of Representatives  29  Primary: 6/7/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Lost Primary Election

 

 Tony Khoury  FL  U.S. Senate  -

General: 11/8/16

 

 
 Mark J. Hashem  HI  Hawaii State House of Representatives  -  Primary: 8/13/16

 General: 11/8/16

 Won Primary Election 
 Darin LaHood  IL  U.S. House of Representatives  18  Primary: 3/15/16

 General: 11/8/16

 Won Primary Election 
 Ralph Abraham   LA  U.S. House of Representatives  5  Primary: none

 General: 11/8/16

 
 Charles Boustany  LA  U.S. Senate  -  Primary: none

 General: 11/8/16

 
 Garrett Graves   LA  U.S. House of Representatives  6  Primary: none

 General: 11/8/16

 
 Helen Abdallah  Donohue  MA  Norwood, MA Board of Selectmen  -  Primary: 4/4/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary Election

 

 David Hajjar  MA  Norwood, MA Board of Selectmen  -  Primary: 4/4/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Lost Primary Election

 

 Ismael Ahmed  MI  Michigan State Board of Education    

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary Election

 

 Justin Amash  MI  U.S. House of Representatives  3  Primary: 8/2/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary Election

 

 Abbie Bazzi  MI  Dearborn Judge  -  Primary: 8/2/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Lost Primary Election

 

 Hussein Berry  MI  Dearborn School Board

 

  General: 11/8/16 

 

 

 Nadia Berry  MI  Crestwood School Board

 

  General: 11/8/16 

 

 

 Susan Dabaja  MI  Dearborn Judge  -  Primary: 8/2/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary  Election

 

 Khodr Farhat  MI  Dearborn School Board  -  Primary: none

 General: 11/8/16

 
 Abdullah Hammoud  MI  Michigan State House of Representatives  15  Primary: 8/2/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary  Election

 

 Fadwa Hammoud  MI  Dearborn School Board  -  Primary: none

 General: 4/5/16

 
 Adel Mozip  MI  Dearborn School Board  -  Primary: none

 General: 4/5/16

 
 Paul Sophiea  MI  Michigan State House of Representatives   15  Primary: 8/2/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Lost Primary Election

 

 Jacklin Zeidan  MI  Michigan State House of Representatives  15  Primary: 8/2/16

 General: 4/5/16

  Lost Primary Election

 

 Dr. Hala Asamarai  MN  Columbia Heights School Board  13  Primary: 2/9/16

 General: 4/5/16

  Won Primary Election

 

 Ilhan Omar  MN  State House of Representatives  60B  Primary: 2/9/16

 General: 4/5/16

  Won Primary Election

 

 Richard Ashooh  NH  U.S. House of Representatives   1

 Primary: 9/13/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Lost Primary Election
 Chris Sununu  NH  Governor of New Hampshire -

 Primary: 9/13/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary Election
 Al Abdelaziz  NJ  City of Patterson City Council   6

 General: 5/10/16 

  Lost General Election

 

 Andre Sayegh  NJ  City of Patterson City Council  6

 General: 5/10/16

  Won General Election

 

 Ruben Kihuen  NV  U.S. House of Representatives  4  Primary: 6/14/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Won Primary Election

 

 Jesse Sbaih  NV  U.S. House of Representatives  3  Primary: 6/14/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Lost Primary

 

 Sherry Miday  OH  Common Please Court Judge  -  Primary: 3/15/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Unopposed Primary

 

 Michael Saba  SD  South Dakota State House of Representatives  9  Primary: 6/7/16

 General: 11/8/16

  Unopposed Primary 

 

 

And.....there are already Arab Americans announced as 2017 Candidates

Contact Kristin McCarthy to add additional Arab American candidates. 

 

See candidates and election results from past years: 

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