Turkish Americans Running for Political Office

Turkish American Alp Basaran is running for Congress as a Democratic candidate in the 9th congressional district of New Jersey. Basaran is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the UCLA School of Law, leading to his career as a corporate lawyer in New York. If elected, he would be the first Turkish American in Congress as well as the fifth Muslim-American. The 9th district includes the city of Paterson. Paterson has the largest concentration of Turkish Americans in the United States, and the second-largest population of Muslim-Americans.

The Democratic primary will take place in June of 2020. To support Basaran’s run for congress, please go to: alpbasaran.com