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FarsiVoter announces the launch of our new page featuring Iranian-American candidates for US Congress from any political party. The goal is to introduce our community to the people who want to represent us in any Federal, State or Local race in California. Below you will find information on each Candidate as provided to FarsiVoter by the candidates themselves. FARSIVOTER DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY CANDIDATE, but will simply provide a unbiased profile on them, to allow voters to decide for themselves which candidate to choose on Election Day.

 who can be a candidate for House of Representatives?

Also referred to as a congressman or congresswoman, each representative is elected to a two-year term serving the people of a specific congressional district. Among other duties, representatives introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees. The number of representatives with full voting rights is 435, a number set by Public Law 62-5 on August 8, 1911, and in effect since 1913. The number of representatives per state is proportionate to population.

As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress’s two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states.

Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution provides for both the minimum and maximum sizes for the House of Representatives. Currently, there are five delegates representing the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. A resident commissioner represents Puerto Rico. The delegates and resident commissioner possess the same powers as other members of the House, except that they may not vote when the House is meeting as the House of Representatives.

To be elected, a representative must be at least 25 years old, a United States citizen for at least seven years and an inhabitant of the state he or she represents. 

For more information go to : House.gov

Who can be a candidate for the US Senate?

Requirements to be a U.S. Senator are established in Article I, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution. The Senate is the United States' higher legislative chamber (the House of Representatives being the lower chamber), containing 100 members. If you have dreams of becoming one of the two senators who represent each state for six-year terms, you might want to check the Constitution first. The guiding document for our government specifically spells out the requirements to be a senator.

Individuals must be:

  • at least 30 years old.
  • a U.S. citizen for at least nine years at the time of election to the Senate.
  • a resident of the state one is elected to represent in the Senate.

Similar to those for being a US Representative, the Constitutional requirements for being a Senator focus on age, U.S. citizenship, and residency.

In addition, the post-Civil War Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits any person who has taken any federal or state oath swearing to support the Constitution, but later took part in a rebellion or otherwise aided any enemy of the U.S. from serving in the House or Senate.

These are the only requirements for the office that are specified in Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution, which reads, "No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen."

Unlike U.S. Representatives, who represent the people of specific geographic districts within their states, U.S. Senators represent all of the people on their states.

For more information go to: senate.gov


What is California State Assembly 

The California State Assembly is the Lower House  of the California State Legislature (or the State Government). The Upper House is the State Senate. The Assembly has 80 members, each representing one district. California's State Assembly districts are numbered 1st through 80th, generally in north-to-south order. 

The California State Assembly  works alongside the Governor of California to create laws and establish a state budget. Legislative authority and responsibilities of the California State Assembly include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes. The California State Assembly meets in the state capitol building in Sacramento, California. 

The Democratic State Central Committee, the governing body of the California Democratic Party elects roughly 1/3 of its members from Assembly district election meetings held biennially in January in every odd-numbered year within each of the 80 Assembly districts.

The assembly districts and the cities they represent  
  • 1st - Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou counties, and portions of Butte and Placer counties
  • 2nd - Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino counties, and portions of Sonoma county
  • 3rd - Glenn, Sutter, Tehama, and Yuba counties, and portions of Butte and Colusa counties
  • 4th - Lake and Napa counties, and portions of Yolo, Colusa, Sonoma, and Solano counties
  • 5th - Madera, Amador, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Mariposa, Mono, and Alpine counties, and portions of El Dorado and Placer counties
  • 6th - portions of El Dorado, Placer, and Sacramento counties
  • 7th - portions of western Sacramento and eastern Yolo counties
  • 8th - portions of eastern Sacramento county
  • 9th - portions of southern Sacramento and northern San Joaquin counties
  • 10th - Marin county and portions of Sonoma county
  • 11th - portions of southern Solano, eastern Contra Costa, and southwestern Sacramento counties
  • 12th - portions of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties
  • 13th - portions of western San Joaquin county
  • 14th - portions of Contra Costa and western Solano county
  • 15th - portions of northern Alameda and western Contra Costa counties
  • 16th - portions of eastern Alameda and central Contra Costa counties
  • 17th - portions of San Francisco
  • 18th - cities of Alameda, San Leandro, and most of Oakland in Alameda county
  • 19th - portions of San Francisco and northern San Mateo county
  • 20th - portions of central and southern Alameda county
  • 21st - Merced county and portions of Stanislaus county
  • 22nd - portions of San Mateo county
  • 23rd - portions of eastern Fresno and northeastern Tulare counties
  • 24th - portions of southern San Mateo and western Santa Clara counties
  • 25th - portions of southern Alameda and northeastern Santa Clara counties
  • 26th - Inyo county and portions of Tulare and Kern counties
  • 27th - downtown and eastern San Jose
  • 28th - portions of western Santa Clara county
  • 29th - portions of northern Monterey, central Santa Cruz, and southwestern Santa Clara counties
  • 30th - San Benito county, and portions of Monterey, southern Santa Cruz, and southern Santa Clara counties
  • 31st - portions of western Fresno county
  • 32nd - Kings county and portions of western Kern county
  • 33rd - rural portions of San Bernardino county (Victorville, Barstow and Needles)
  • 34th - portions of Kern county
  • 35th - San Luis Obispo and portions of northern Santa Barbara county
  • 36th - portions of eastern Kern, northern Los Angeles, and western San Bernardino counties
  • 37th - portions of eastern Santa Barbara and western Ventura counties
  • 38th - portions of northern Los Angeles and eastern Ventura counties
  • 39th - northern Los Angeles and San Fernando
  • 40th - suburban San Bernardino County (Rancho Cucamonga, Highland and Redlands)
  • 41st - San Gabriel Mountain communities in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties (Pasadena, San Dimas and Upland)
  • 42nd - portions of rural San Bernardino and Riverside Counties (Yucaipa, San Jacinto and Palm Desert)
  • 43rd - parts of Los Angeles County (Burbank, Glendale, and parts of Los Angeles)
  • 44th - coastal Ventura County with a small portion of Los Angeles County (Thousand Oaks, Camarillo and Oxnard)
  • 45th - Bell Canyon and parts of Los Angeles County (Encino, Northridge and Woodland Hills)
  • 46th - parts of Los Angeles County (Panorama City, Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys)
  • 47th - urban San Bernardino County (San Bernardino, Rialto and Fontana)
  • 48th - eastern San Gabriel Valley (Covina, El Monte and West Covina)
  • 49th - western San Gabriel Valley (El Monte, Montebello, South El Monte)
  • 50th - Western Los Angeles County (Malibu, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills)
  • 51st - northeastern Los Angeles (Chinatown, East Los Angeles, Echo Park)
  • 52nd - extreme western parts of the Inland Empire (Montclair, Ontario, Ponoma)
  • 53rd - Downtown Los Angeles
  • 54th - parts of the Westside (Crenshaw, Culver City, UCLA)
  • 55th - intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties (Brea, La Habra, Yorba Linda)
  • 56th - the Imperial Valley and parts of the Coachella Valley and the Colorado Desert (Blythe, Calexico, Coachella)
  • 57th - parts of Los Angeles County (Hacienda Heights, Norwalk, Whittier)
  • 58th - part of the Gateway Cities region and Interstate 605 (Bell Gardens, Downey, Pico Gardens)
  • 59th - South Los Angeles along Interstate 110 (Florence, University Park, Vermont Square)
  • 60th - northwestern corner of Riverside County (Corona, Jurupa Valley and Norwalk)
  • 61st - central section of the Inland Empire in northwestern Riverside County (Mead Valley, Moreno Valley, Riverside)
  • 62nd - part of Los Angeles county centered on Los Angeles International Airport (El Segundo, Inglewood, Venice)
  • 63rd - part of the Gateway Cities region southeast of Los Angeles (Bell, Lakewood, Paramount)
  • 64th - parts of South Los Angeles and the South Bay (Carson, Compton, Rancho Dominguez)
  • 65th - northern Orange County (Cypress, Fullerton, Stanton)
  • 66th - southern coast of Los Angeles County (Hermosa Beach, Torrance and Ranchos Palos Verdes)
  • 67th - southern Inland Empire in western Riverside County (French Valley, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta)
  • 68th - inland central Orange County (Irvine, Lake Forest, Orange)
  • 69th - heart of Orange County (Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana)
  • 70th - southern coast of Los Angeles County (Long Beach, San Pedro and Catalina Island)
  • 71st - rural eastern San Diego County and southwest Riverside County (El Cajon and various Kumeyaay Indian Reservations)
  • 72nd - Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Westminster
  • 73rd - southern Orange County (Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Mission Viejo)
  • 74th - Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach
  • 75th - southernmost reaches of the Inland Empire and the inland parts of North County (Escondido, Rainbow, San Marcos)
  • 76th - coastal San Diego County (Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside)
  • 77th - inland northern San Diego (Clairemont, Miramar, Poway)
  • 78th - southern coastal San Diego County (Del Mar, Imperial Beach, La Jolia)
  • 79th - southeastern San Diego and its closest eastern suburbs
  • 80th - southern of San Diego County (Chula Vista and San Diego.
Source: Wikipedia 
For more information go to: assembly.ca.gov

Below you will find a video explaining the different branches in our State Government. 


Besides Congressional candidates mentioned above, there are other Special or Municipal elections that take place  throughout the year as well. For more information on these elections you can go to: www.lavote.net 



California Direct Primary Date:  March 3, 2020                                          This is when we nominate candidates

A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party's candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level elections that take place prior to a general election. California utilizes a top-two primary system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.

 California General Election:  November 3, 2020                                       This is when we choose a candidate. 

In the General Election Voters will elect 53 candidates to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives one from each of the State's 53 Congressional Districts.


Iranian-American Candidates

FarsiVoter does not endorse any candidate. 

Name:  Farshid "Joe" Shooshani 

1) What is your political party?
I am a Democrat, although the office I am running for is non-partisan

2) What office are you running for?
Beverly Hills City Council

3) What cities doe the office encompass?
Beverly Hills

4) How long is the term of the office you are running for?
Four years

5) When can people vote for you?
March 3, 2020

6) Please give us a statement about yourself:
I am a community and business leader, with deep roots in Beverly Hills. After serving on the Public Works Commission and as Beverly Hills Planning Commissioner, I am now running for City Council. I was born in Iran, and began my working life at a family business before moving to the US where I began a successful career in business and real estate. A real estate investor and property manager. I also own several local companies, employing dozens in various industries. 
I will be the first Iranian-American to run for Beverly Hills City Council. I was appointed to the Beverly Hills Pubic Works Commission in 2008 and went to become a member of the Beverly Hills Planning Commission, where I currently serve. As a Planning Commissioner I have been noted for  my unique ability to oversee beneficial progress, from breaking ground on new developments that will promote the growth and prosperity that the city of Beverly Hills is known for, to deserving the iconic residences and business that make Beverly Hills a historical landmark.
In 2017, the Beverly Hills Food and Wine Festival recognized me with a "Lifetime Achievement Award". In honoring me, festival organizers said" " His bold decision making and visionary dedication to integrating new and necessary development in a way that benefits the city has left a mark on this storied landscape that will remain for generation to come. Mr. Shooshani has worked diligently to maintain the cultural integrity and world renowned aesthetics that Beverly Hills is famous for...." I am also active in many local groups and charities, including Iranian-American Jewish Federation (past Vice-President), the Farhang Foundation and many other community, civic and business organizations. 
My wife and I Avid Shooshani Harrire, have two children, DIba and Aaron who have both now graduated from college. We have lived in Beverly Hills since 1976. I graduated from Immaculate Heart College, I enjoy taking UCLA extension courses and consider myself a "lifelong learner".

7) What are your qualifications for the position that you are running for?
I am a 43 year resident of Beverly Hills, a successful business owner and community activist. I have served on the Beverly Hills Public Works Commission for five years and have been a Beverly Hills Planning Commissioner since 2014.

8) What issues will you be able to assist our community with once elected?
I will represent ALL of the residents of Beverly Hills. I am proud to be a member of the Persian community and to be the first Iranian running for Beverly Hills City Council. I have been active in establishing Iranian-American communities, in establishing Persian Square and the 405 Freeway Persian Square sign. I have been a member of the Iranian-American Jewish Federation, and was instrumental in the permitting of Nemen Hall. 

To know more about Mr. Shooshani please visit his website: