A 28-year-old Palestinian American, on Tuesday, won the state elections in California, one of the eight key democratic states, as US citizensÂ in California, New Jersey, Iowa, Montana,Â Alabama, Mississippi, South Dakota,Â and New Mexico this week are voting for who they believe best represents their political party.
Â The winners of the primary will elect theirÂ preferredÂ candidateâDemocratic or RepublicanâÂ in November. Â The results of the election in NovemberÂ could change theÂ balance of power in Washington, and could upend Trumps presidency.Â Â
The winner, Ammar Campa-NajjarÂ has been dubbed byÂ Teen VogueÂ as âthe internetâs favorite candidate.âÂ Â He wasÂ bornÂ in the United States,Â to a Palestinian father and a Mexican mother,Â andÂ grew up close to the Mexican-US border. His background puts himÂ inÂ a unique position to represent the 50thÂ Congressional District in California.
After graduating from San Diego State University,Â whereÂ Campa-NajjarÂ began his career in U.S. politics with the Democratic National Committee (DNC). His ambition led him to becoming theÂ deputy regional field director forÂ Barack Obamaâs 2012 re-election campaign before joining the Obama administration as a White House official. He also worked for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a communications and marketing director, and as a public affairs officer for theÂ U.S. Department of Labor as a public affairs officer.Â HeÂ is dedicated to encouraging young people to vote andÂ bringingÂ quality jobs to the members of his district.Â He has been favored to win the primary election and is favored to win againstÂ current Congressman, Duncan HunterÂ in November.Â
Campa-NajjarÂ isnâtÂ the only PalestinianÂ running in this yearâs US election cycle, according to the PNN. Candidates can be foundÂ acrossÂ the United States, and theÂ United States isnât the only country withÂ PalestiniansÂ partaking in public office. Â Latin America has had two previous presidentsÂ and a prime ministerÂ of Palestinian heritage;Â ElĂasÂ AntonioÂ SacaÂ of El Salvador,Â Carlos FloresÂ FacussĂ©Â of Honduras,Â andÂ Said Musa of Belize.
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (firstname.lastname@example.org)