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Updated on June 10, 2020

In April, Aycha Sirvanci Sawa achieved a stunning election win to become the City Comptroller of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What's Next for Turkish Americans in the 2020 Election Year?

The next-go-around for Turkish Americans at the ballot box is this July. Two Turkish American lawyers are running in elections in the states of New Jersey and Louisiana. The outcome of these polls could be historically significant for the Turkish American community.

July 7 is the New Jersey Democratic primary with lawyer Alp Basaran on the ballot. He is running for the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 9th congressional district. He will be challenging the incumbent Bill Pascrell. If Basaran wins the primary, he will be the Democratic candidate in the general election on November 3--thereby keeping his chances alive of being the first Turkish American elected to Congress.

Alp Basaran: www.alpbasaran.com

July 11 is the special election in New Orleans (Louisiana) to fill the open seat on the New Orleans First City Court. Lawyer Aylin Acikalin is running as a Democrat against four other contenders. If elected, Acikalin would be the first Turkish American woman judge and the third Turkish American as an elected judicial official.

Aylin Acikalin: www.electaylin.com

After the July elections, there will be a Democratic primary in Massachusetts on September 1 with Ceylan Rowe as a candidate for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She is running for an open seat to represent the 12th Worcester District. If Rowe wins the Democratic primary, she advances to the general election on November 3 and will be vying to be the first Turkish American elected to state office.

Ceylan Rowe: www.roweforrep.com

For the general election on November 3, there are already two candidates from the Turkish American community on the ballot. There will be four if Basaran and Rowe win their respective primaries.

Already on the ballot is Tayfun Selen, a Republican. He is up for re-election after being elected earlier in the year to fill a vacancy on the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders (County Commissioners).

Tayfun Selen: secure.anedot.com/selen/general-fund-c6228129674

The second candidate is Leah Ersoylu, the spouse of Turkish American Sarp Ersoylu. She is running for the nonpartisan position of trustee of the Newport Mesa United School District in Orange County, California.

Leah Ersoylu: www.leah4newportmesa.com

Here's the scoreboard at the polls so far this year.--two wins and one loss. In the win column, Aycha Sirvanci Sawa became Milwaukee's City Comptroller (a nonpartisan position) after winning her election in April. She is the first Turkish American elected as a chief financial officer for a major American city and the second woman elected to a city office in Milwaukee. Tayfun Selen, in February, defeated 11 other contenders to become a Freeholder/County Commissioner in Morris County, New Jersey. Whereas for the loss, Cenk Uygur, host of the talk show "The Young Turks," ran in a special election in March for the open seat in California's 25th congressional district but did not qualify for the run-off.  


Turkish American Candidates

7 July 2020

Democratic Primary for Alp Basaran, candidate for the United States House of Representatives in New Jersey's 9th Congressional District. The winner of the primary will advance to the general election on November 3. www.AlpBasaran.com

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11 July 2020

Special Election for Aylin Acikalin, Democratic candidate for Judge of New Orleans First City Court.

www.ElectAylin.com

1 September 2020

Democratic Primary for Ceylan Rowe, candidate for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 12th Worcester District. The winner of the primary will advance to the general election on November 3. www.RoweForRep.com

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3 November 2020

General Election for Tayfun Selen, Morris County (NJ) Freeholder (County Commissioner).

morriscountynj.gov/freeholders/tayfun-selen

secure.anedot.com/selen/general-fund-c6228129674

 

Candidates with Ties to the Turkish American Community

3 November 2020

Leah Ersoylu, the spouse of Turkish American Sarp Ersoylu, is running for the nonpartisan position of trustee of the Newport Mesa United School District in Orange County, California. Her election is on the 3 of November 2020. www.Leah4NewportMesa.com

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Hulya Erol-Garvett Meets with Congresswomen Slotkin and Lawrence

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TCMidwest PAC Representative Hulya Erol-Garvett with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin

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TCMidwest PAC Representative Hulya Erol-Garvett with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

 

Turkish American Activist Adil Baguirov is Running for the Montgomery County Recorder

Turkic American activist and businessman Adil Baguirov is running as the Republican candidate for the Montgomery County Recorder (Ohio) in the November 2018 elections. Adil is the first Azerbaijani American ever to be elected to public office.  He was elected to the Dayton (Ohio) Board in 2013 of Education (DPS) and served until 2017.  Read more

Adil Baguirov with spouse Sevin and their children

 

Meet & Greet for Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

On February 13, Turkish American activist Nurten Ural, representing the TC-Midwest PAC, participated in a meet & greet event in Washington, DC for Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI/14th). Representative Lawrence represents Michigan's 14th congressional district and serves on the House Committees of Oversight & Government Reform and Transportation & Infrastructure. Nurten, who is a member of the Turkish American Cultural Association of Michigan, had the opportunity to update the congresswoman on Turkish American issues.

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Turkish PACs Meet with Congressman Beyer

On March 28, TC-USA PAC, TC-NE PAC and TC-Midwest PAC were sponsors of a dinner in Washington, DC, honoring Congressman Don Beyer's (D-VA/8th). Representatives from the Turkish American community in Virginia who attended the dinner highlighted the importance of continuing dialogue between Turkey and the United States and maintaining the alliance. As a token of appreciation for Congressman Beyer’s friendship with the Turkish American community over the years, Hande Akmehmet Uzun of Virginia presented him a box of Turkish delights.

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Turkish American Activist Adil Baguirov is Running for the Montgomery County Recorder in Ohio

Turkic American activist and businessman Adil Baguirov is running as the Republican candidate for the Montgomery County Recorder (Ohio) in the November 2018 elections. Adil is the first Azerbaijani American ever to be elected to public office.  He was elected to the Dayton (Ohio) Board in 2013 of Education (DPS) and served until 2017.   He was also elected as the DPS president. Under his leadership, DPS raised its ranking on the Ohio state report card from “F” to “A.”

Adil Baguirov with spouse Sevin and their children 
Adil Baguirov with spouse Sevin and their children

Adil holds a Ph.D. and a degree from the University of Southern California (USC). He has been involved in numerous businesses including real estate, transportation and healthcare.  As a civic activist, he has been involved with Turkic and Turkish American causes for the last 25 years working with the U.S. Turkic Network, U.S. Azeris Network, Karabakh Foundation, and Turkish Students Association (TSA) at USC.

To support Adil Baguirov, you can make contributions directly to his campaign by going to www.electbaguirov.com

Alternately, you can help the TC-Midwest PAC in its efforts to raise funds for Adil either by: Personal check (no business checks) payable to TC-Midwest PAC (Mail to: TC-Midwest PAC, c/o Custodian of Records/  1032 15th Street NW, Suite 128 / Washington, DC 20005); or Credit card contribution (visit  www.tcmidwestpac.org/contribute  and click “Donate”)

Turkish PACs Meet with CongBeyer

On March 28, TC-USA PAC, TC-NE PAC and TC-Midwest PAC were sponsors of a dinner in Washington, DC, honoring Congressman Don Beyer's (D-VA/8th). Representatives from the Turkish American community in Virginia who attended the dinner highlighted the importance of continuing dialogue between Turkey and the United States and maintaining the alliance. As a token of appreciation for Congressman Beyer’s friendship with the Turkish American community over the years, Hande Akmehmet Uzun of Virginia presented him a box of Turkish delights.

greet.event Rep.Lawrence

On February 13, Turkish American activist Nurten Ural, representing the TC-Midwest PAC, participated in a meet & greet event in Washington, DC for Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI/14th). Representative Lawrence represents Michigan's 14th congressional district and serves on the House Committees of Oversight & Government Reform and Transportation & Infrastructure. Nurten, who is a member of the Turkish American Cultural Association of Michigan, had the opportunity to update the congresswoman on Turkish American issues.

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