“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."
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"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."
"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."
"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."
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"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."
"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.'"
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"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."
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"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."
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“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.”