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Kia Hamadanchy Announces $100,000 Raised in First Two Weeks

Irvine Native shows impressive fundraising capacity

Irvine, CA – Kia Hamadanchy’s campaign for California’s 45th Congressional District announced today it had raised $100,000. Kia announced his challenge of Representative Mimi Walters (R–Laguna Beach) just two weeks ago today.

“I am proud of the incredible support my campaign has received in these first two weeks. It is clear people are fired up and ready to defeat Mimi Walters next year,” said Kia. “I am out there everyday talking to residents all over the district who are ready for change and I am thrilled to show I am building the resources needed to win this race.”

Kia has spent the last two weeks growing his support throughout the 45th. He is building a grassroots campaign and is traveling the district to meet with different communities and organizations almost every day.

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Q+A with Kia Hamadanchy: Candidate for Congress

The Persian Observer

By: Iman Sadri


IMAN SADRI : What prompted you to run for Congress ?

Kia Hamadanchy : I decided to run for Congress the night that President Trump announced his Muslim travel ban. This was personal to me. If that ban had been in place when my parents sought refuge from extremism in Iran, the door to the Land of the Free would have been slammed in their faces. When the travel ban was announced, my mother asked me whether she should sell her house and move to Canada “because this is the not the first time she has had to leave a country because of the government changing.” I found her question heartbreaking. And my response was immediate: No, you will not have to leave America. We will join with others to win back the America that we know and love.

America was built by immigrants, for immigrants. We are a diverse nation where no one should feel like a second-class citizen, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other distinguishing factor. Regrettably, Trump rejects this vision of America. His governing strategy is a classic case of “divide and conquer.”

President Lincoln called America the “last best hope of Earth.” This does not mean that we are perfect. We all know that there are dark chapters in our history. But it was Tocqueville who said “the greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” Our nation made a tragic mistake by electing Donald Trump to the presidency. Our challenge now is to repair this fault. We have a civic responsibility – as individuals and working together – to fight back against Trump’s efforts to divide our people and degrade our democracy.

I am running to fight to make sure that each and every American – no matter where they are from, who they love, or what religion they practice – is treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve.