2018 Turkish American Candidates

Currently there are three members of the Turkish American community running for elected office in 2018. We expect more Turkish Americans to run for office, and we will continue to update you as we learn of any new candidates.

Lauren Arikan

Lauren Arikan, wife of Turkish American Yusuf Arikan, is running for the House of Delegates in Maryland’s 7th District. The Arikans live with their three children in Jarrettsville, Maryland on their 8-acre farm where they raise poultry and dairy goats. They own and manage an accounting and staffing firm, Arikan Accounting. Lauren also owns and operates an investment company, Arikan Investments.

Lauren is a member of the Harford County Republican Women’s Club and the Maryland Federation of Republican Women. She has spent the last several years regularly testifying in Annapolis against legislation that harms parental rights. Community service is a huge part of Lauren’s life. As a teen, she was a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. In 2014, she founded Birth Circle of Baltimore, which is a monthly community group that offers free peer support to women during their childbearing years and beyond. She also served on the board of Maryland Friends of Midwives, a local 501(c)3, that supports midwifery in Maryland. The general election in Maryland will be held on November 6, 2018.

To support Lauren Arikan’s campaign you can make contributions directly to her campaign by going to www.electarikan.com.

Alternately, you can help the TC-NE PAC in its efforts to raise funds for Lauren Arikan’s election either by:

  • Personal check (no business checks) payable to TC-NE PAC (Mail to: TC-NE PAC, 1032 15th Street NW, Suite 128 / Washington, DC 20005); or
  • Credit card contribution (visit www.tcnortheastpac.org and click “Donate”)



Adil Baguirov

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 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”)

(Photo caption: Adil Baguirov with spouse Sevin and their children)



Yahya Yuksel

Turkish American Yahya Yuksel is running in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2018 for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s 2nd District. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in business marketing and a Juris Doctorate in Law, and a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Upon graduation, Yahya worked at the Chinese Ministry of Commerce as a licensed Foreign Expert on International Investment on Chinese investment strategies and government processes for the Pearl River Delta region of South China. After serving his term, he worked for an American investment consulting firm promoting cross-border investment. Yahya coordinated development projects with international organizations and Ministers of State to promote the rule of law and internationalization of investment infrastructure.

When he was 14, Yahya co-founded TeenDemocrats, which campaigned for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid. Yahya interned for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and served as the Chairman of the City of Tucson Human Relations Commission. He also served as the Co-Chair for Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich’s 2009 re-election campaign.

To support Yahya Yuksel’s campaign you can make contributions directly to his campaign by going to www.yahya4congress.com