Update on Turkish Americans in the 2020 Elections!

Updated on July 24, 2020

Upcoming Election Dates


August 4 is the Democratic and Republican primaries in Arizona.

Ajlan Kurdoglu is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for the Arizona State Senate in Legislative District 17. Kurdoglu will face the Republican incumbent in the general election on November 3. He is one of the two candidates this year vying to be the first Turkish American elected to a state office. www.voteforaj.com

September 1 is the Democratic primary in Massachusetts.

 Ceylan Rowe is running for an open seat to represent the 12th Worcester District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. If Rowe wins the Democratic primary, she advances to the general election on November 3 and will be the second of two Turkish Americans contending to be the first elected state official. www.roweforrep.com

November 3 is the general election. There are now six candidates from the Turkish American community on the ballot. There will be seven if Rowe wins her primary. The six candidates are:

John Alpay, running for a nonpartisan seat on the City Council of San Juan Capistrano, CA, www.JohnAlpay.com

Onur Arugaslan, running for the nonpartisan position of Trustee of the Mattawan Consolidated Schools Board of Education in Michigan. www.linkedin.com/in/onur-arugaslan

Ben Bartlett (D), spouse of Yelda Mesbah Bartlett, seeking reelection for the Berkeley City Council. www.benbartlett.vote

 Leah Ersoylu, spouse of Turkish American Sarp Ersoylu, running for the nonpartisan position of Trustee of the Newport Mesa United School District in Orange County, California. www.leah4newportmesa.com

 Ajlan Kurdoglu (D), running for the Arizona State Senate in Legislative District 17. www.voteforaj.com

Tayfun Selen (R), up for reelection after being elected earlier in the year to fill a vacancy on the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders (County Commissioners) in New Jersey. secure.anedot.com/selen

Summary


Number of Turkish American Candidates in 2020: 9 – This number is the highest ever running for elected office in one year. Number of Candidates with Turkish American Spouses in 2020: 2
Number of Turkish Americans Elected to Public Office as of today: 12 – All the Turkish Americans elected have been for local jurisdictions. No Turkish American has yet been elected to federal or state office.

 

Scoreboard So Far This Year


Wins:

 Tayfun Selen (R), elected in February to fill a vacancy as a Freeholder (County Commissioner) on the Morris County Board in New Jersey but will be up for re-election on November 3, 2020.

Aycha Sirvanci Sawa elected as Milwaukee’s City Comptroller (a nonpartisan position) 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.

Losses:

 Cenk Uygur – Democratic candidate for California’s 25th congressional seat. Special Election was in March.

Alp Basaran – Democratic candidate for New Jersey’s 9th congressional seat. Primary was in July.

Aylin Acikalin – Democratic candidate for Judge of New Orleans First City Court. Special Election was in July.

 

Turkish American Candidates


 

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

 

3 November 2020

General Election for John Alpay, candidate (nonpartisan) for the San Juan Capistrano (CA) City Council.

www.JohnAlpay.com

 

3 November 2020

General Election for Onur Arugaslan, candidate for the nonpartisan position of Trustee of the Mattawan Consolidated Schools Board of Education in Michigan.

www.linkedin.com/in/onur-arugaslan

 

 

 

3 November 2020

General Election for Ajlan Kurdoglu, Democratic candidate for the Arizona State Senate in Legislative District 17.

www.voteforaj.com

 

 

3 November 2020

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

secure.anedot.com/selen

 

Candidates with Ties to the Turkish American Community


 

3 November 2020

General Election for Ben Bartlett, spouse of Yelda Mesbah Bartlett, seeking reelection for the Berkeley (CA) City Council.

www.benbartlett.vote

 

3 November 2020

General Election for Leah Ersoylu, spouse of Sarp Ersoylu, running for the nonpartisan position of trustee of the Newport Mesa United School District in Orange County, California.

www.Leah4NewportMesa.com