Sima Ladjevardian Speaks Out Against Texas Voter Suppression
October 1, 2020
HOUSTON, Texas -- Today, TX-02 Democratic nominee Sima Ladjevardian issued the following statement condemning the closing of mail-in ballot drop-off sites across Texas, including 11 in Harris County alone:
“It is unacceptable that a county the size of Rhode Island will only have access to one ballot drop-off location. The governor is blatantly undercutting our elections, suppressing our votes, and standing in the way of our democratic process. Let our voters vote, Governor Abbott. This is absolutely shameful.”
“In a community as diverse as ours, every vote must count and every voice must be heard. Get registered to vote by October 5th, make your plan to vote early in person starting October 13th, and let’s send a clear message that our democracy cannot be coerced.”
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.