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Bustle

Why Iranian Americans Often Vote Along Generational Lines

"Sima Ladjevardian remembers life as a 12-year-old at the height of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. 'It started with us being in school and feeling like there was an earthquake going on,' she tells Bustle."

ABC13

Election Q&A: US House District 2

"As a cancer survivor, a lawyer, an immigrant and a mother of two who has lived in Houston for more than 30 years, I understand the issues at stake for our families in this election, and I'll know how to address them once I get to Congress. I am alive today because of high-quality, affordable health care, and I won't stop fighting until every family in TX-02 has access to the care they deserve."

Financial Times

Inside the Democrats’ battle to take back Texas

"The turning point for Ladjevardian was watching Donald Trump win the White House in 2016. 'That night when Trump won, I honestly had so much anxiety and flashbacks to everything that had happened in my life, to kind of thinking, ‘Oh my god, there’s going to be a revolution in this country,’ she says, explaining that she felt Trump had given licence to people to be racist and xenophobic. There was only one answer. 'I decided to get more involved.'"

Houston Chronicle

Rep. Dan Crenshaw vs. Sima Ladjevardian is the most expensive race for Congress in Texas

"More than $13 million has already been spent in Houston’s 2nd Congressional District, making it the most expensive battle for the U.S. House of Representatives in Texas and the seventh-most expensive in the entire nation."

KHOU11

Rep. Dan Crenshaw faces attorney Sima Ladjevardian for Texas' 2nd Congressional District

"Trying to unseat him is Ladjevardian, a Democrat. She's an attorney, immigrant and breast cancer survivor we spoke to this week. Ladjevardian is running on expanding the Affordable Care Act and lowering prescription drug costs."

BBC World News

Sima Ladjevardian on BBC World News

"Sima Ladjevardian joins Katty Kay and Christian Fraser to discuss Texas voter turnout on BBC World News"

OutSmart Magazine

An LGBTQ Ally Fighting for Affordable Health Care

“As an immigrant who fled the political violence of a revolution, this nation and this Houston community has given me so much. I am living proof of how opportunity in America can lead to safety, prosperity, and happiness. Now it’s my obligation to pay it forward for my neighbors."

KPRC2

Houston Newsmakers: Sima Ladjevardian

"Sima Ladjevardian immigrated to the United States from Iran as a child and embraced the American dream. She hopes to take that dream to a higher level by defeating 1st term Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw in November."

Texas Tribune

Pandemic politics ripple through Texas races, forcing U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw to defend his coronavirus response

"Democrat Sima Ladjevardian has wielded the issue doggedly against U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, who is increasingly pushing back amid a storm of claims that he has not taken the pandemic seriously enough and has undermined public health.

“I just absolutely think he’s been failing his constituents," Ladjevardian said in an interview. "An elected official is responsible to give facts, set an example and help the community. ... I think people are hurting, we need elected officials to really be the role models they need to be, and he absolutely has not done that."

Washington Post

An Iranian-born progressive unseating a Trumpist veteran in Texas? It could happen.

"There are very few political contests at the moment that dramatize the choice facing the nation in November better than the one in this district, which includes a wide swath of the Houston suburbs."

Vogue

The Female Candidates Who May Turn Texas Blue This November

“I believe in this nation because this nation believed in me, and I feel a sense of duty to protect it,” Ladjevardian (pronounced “lahj-ee-var-dee-un”) says. “That’s why I’m running for Congress in this existential moment—the American dream I found here is in jeopardy, and my neighbors are suffering.”

FOX26

Sima Ladjevardian Democratic candidate for Congressional District 2

"Sima Ladjevardian , Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative for District 2 talks one on one with Greg Groogan about her platform and the important needs of the community."

Houston Chronicle

We recommend Sima Ladjevardian in Democratic primary for U.S. House District 2 [Editorial]

"With hopes of flipping a seat held by a high-profile Republican, the question of “electability” will be a top priority for Democratic voters in the March 3 primary for House District 2. That would make Houston lawyer, political activist and former Beto O’Rourke adviser Sima Ladjevardian the logical choice."

Texas Signal

Sima Ladjevardian on how Rep. Dan Crenshaw has failed Houston area voters

“Ladjevardian, a lawyer and former Beto O’Rourke adviser who kicked off her campaign last month with an endorsement from O’Rourke, raised more than $200,000 within a week of announcing her campaign. On the trail, she said one of the most important issues she’s heard from voters is the fact that residents continue to suffer from Hurricane Harvey. “Within this specific district, there are still people who are out of their houses… [Crenshaw] hasn’t really tried to bring in federal money and help people get back on their feet,” Ladjevardian said. Last year, Crenshaw was one of four Texas Republicans to vote against a bipartisan bill that authorized the National Flood Insurance Program.”

Texas Tribune

Late entrant shakes up Democratic primary to challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw

"With Sima, not only has she been such an extraordinary supporter of mine, but I saw in the 2018 Senate race her exceptional organizing skills for us in southeast Texas, her tenacity, her work ethic, and I just think she would make an excellent member of Congress," O'Rourke said. "So for me, that was a very easy decision, and it does nothing to diminish the efforts of other candidates, it’s just that there’s somebody who I think is just clearly superior."

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