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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.”
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"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."
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“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.”
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"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."
Former O’Rourke adviser announces for Congress, picks up his endorsement
“Sima Ladjevardian, a Houston attorney and former adviser to Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, filed Monday to run as a Democrat for the 2nd Congressional District, which is currently represented by U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston. Ladjevardian announced her filing in a tweet and was endorsed soon after by O’Rourke, who called Ladjevardian’s candidacy “[g]reat news for Texas and the country.”