Posted by on November 03, 2010 in Blog

The midterm election results are in! Seventeen out of the twenty-seven Arab American candidates running for office won their races.

Some of the highlights:

In Arizona, all three Arab Americans running for office won their races! State Rep. Matt Heinz (D-29th District) and State Senator Paula Aboud (D-28th District) were both re-elected, and State Rep. Michele Reagan becomes State Senator of Arizona's 8th District.

Congressman Darrell Issa (R) won in California, and he is now in line to chair the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee.

Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany ran unopposed and remains the U.S. Representative for the 7th District.

In Michigan, Justin Amash (R) won and will now be the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 3rd District. In more local news, Rashida Tlaib was re-elected as State Representative for the 12th district. In the race to become the next State Representative of District 15, there were two Arab American candidates running against each other. George Darany (D) defeated longtime Dearborn City Council member Suzanne Sareini (R) by a small margin. Dennis Denno lost the bid to be on MSU Board of Trustees, but he had great numbers and was clearly a contender for the position.

In New York, Richard Hanna (R) won and will become the U.S. Representative for the 24th District.

In Oregon, State Representative Nick Kahl (D-49th District) was unseated by Republican Matthew Wand.

State Senator Vincent Sheheen (D) lost to Nikki Haley (R) for Governor of South Carolina, but it was a close race.

Also in a close race, John Stephen (R) lost the race for NH Governor, but also only by 7% or so.

Congressman Nick Rahall (D-3rd District) was successfully re-elected in West Virginia.

To see a full list of candidates and their race results, please go to Arab Americans on the Ballot.