Currently there are two 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, 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”)
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”)
(Adil Baguirov with spouse Sevin and their children)