Sima Ladjevardian Profiled in OutSmart Magazine
September 28, 2020
HOUSTON, Texas -- Today, TX-02 Democratic nominee Sima Ladjevardian was featured in a profile by OutSmart Magazine, Texas’ #1 LGBTQ+ publication, highlighting her health care journey, her decision to enter the political arena, and her battle against Congressman Dan Crenshaw.
Read the highlights below and her full profile here.
But this year, the pandemic and his stance on healthcare might just cost him that seat, and Sima Ladjevardian may just be the woman to take it from him.
“I’m running against Crenshaw because we need someone with a record of bringing people together for our community,” says the Iran-born attorney-turned-activist. “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. As a lawyer, a mediator, and a community activist, I’ve been building bridges of compromise between people of all different backgrounds my whole career. I know what it takes to get to a solution, and I don’t take no for an answer. In the halls of Congress, I’ll do the same for Houston.”
“As a cancer survivor, healthcare is personal,” she says. “We need to make sure people have access to quality, affordable healthcare. We need leaders who understand that a woman’s choice is hers alone. And we need politicians who won’t break their promises—like Dan Crenshaw has done time and time again. Crenshaw went all around our district campaigning on lowering drug costs. Instead, he got to Congress and did the opposite. He became a mouthpiece for Donald Trump and started fighting for his own political ambitions instead of our needs. From lying about COVID-19 to spreading voter-fraud conspiracy theories and voting against the 2019 Equality Act, Dan Crenshaw has let this community down. We need someone who will stand up for our most vulnerable and lead the fight for our health care. That’s the congresswoman I’m ready to be.”
Indeed, Crenshaw has been skeptical of the COVID-19 pandemic, refusing to wear a face mask and being a prime cheerleader for President Trump’s take on the virus. He also wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“I’ve been an ally of the LGBTQ+ community for all my life, and I’m honored to have the support of both the Human Rights Campaign and the Houston GLBT Caucus,” she emphasizes. “As this district’s first congresswoman, I will never stop fighting for equal protection under the law—and that begins with guaranteeing affordable, accessible healthcare for our LGBTQ community and for all Americans.”
Sima Ladjevardian (SEE-ma LAHJ-ee-VAR-DEE-un) is a lawyer, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, and a political activist who has called Houston home for more than 30 years. After fleeing the political upheaval of the Iranian Revolution, her family immigrated to the United States for their shot at the American Dream. Eventually settling in Houston, Sima has become a local leader in cross-cultural dialogue, bringing Texans of all backgrounds and faiths together for social justice. As an activist, she has worked tirelessly to turn Texas blue and elect candidates up and down the ballot — all while serving senior roles in Beto O’Rourke's senate and presidential campaigns. She has been recognized by the University of Houston for her tireless philanthropic and nonprofit work in the community, and she is fueled by the desire to fight for quality, affordable health care, justice, and unity in the United States Congress.
Sima has been added to DCCC’s Red to Blue Program and endorsed by EMILY’s List, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, AAPI Victory Fund, AAA Fund, Emgage PAC, Giffords PAC, Brady PAC, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Human Rights Campaign, NewDems Action Fund, Texas American Federation of Teachers, Foreign Policy for America, ASPIRE PAC, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former US Senate/presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, former Sec. of HUD/presidential candidate Julían Castro, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, and Congresswoman Katie Porter.