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“Farrah Khan is a smart and experienced local leader who understands that effective governance is about bringing people together in order to get things done. I know that Farrah will make a great City Council member – one who is responsive, creative, principled, and progressive. I am proud to announce my endorsement of Farrah Khan for City Council.”

— President Pro Tempore of the CA State Senate Kevin DeLeon

Women In Leadership is a bi-partisan Political Action Committee formed in 1993 for the purpose of electing women candidates to local, regional and state-wide office who are dedicated to keeping access to full reproductive rights. — Women In Leadership

"Farrah is the kind of leader that Irvine needs. She has been a voice for residents and small businesses and has always sought to empower the underrepresented. Her work in the interfaith community is commendable and is indicative of the kind of collaborative, community-based partnering she would bring to the the City Council. I am proud to support her."

— Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustee Jay Chen

"I believe Farrah is the right choice for Irvine. She has the corporate, small business and nonprofit experience needed to make sound decisions for Irvine's future. I am thrilled that her campaign is putting Irvine residents first and look forward to supporting her candidacy."

— City of Artesia Council Member Ali Sajjad Taj

"Farrah has worked hard in the community for over 10 years from serving as PTA President to being on the Steering Committee for the Irvine Global Village Festival. As a School Board Member, I see her commitment to her community! I am thrilled to endorse her for Irvine City Council knowing that she will represent the community and our youth!"

— Anaheim Union High School District Trustee Al Jabbar

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Congressman Alan Lowenthal. Congressman Lowenthal has a track record of standing up for social justice while sometimes being the lone voice of reason.

I look forward to providing transparency in my decision making and standing up for all our community members as I seek a seat on the Irvine City Council this November.

— Congressman Alan Lowenthal

I am honored to have received the endorsement of former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Loretta was one of the few women in politics that believed in me from the start and encouraged me to run. She is an inspiration to women in politics and I thank her for her support.

— Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (ret)

"I am pleased to endorse Farrah Khan for Irvine City Council. Farrah's experience as a business owner, interfaith leader, city commissioner, and mother has informed and inspired her candidacy. Valuing the diversity of the city as its most important attribute, Farrah will serve the residents and businesses of Irvine with openness, transparency, fairness, respect, and integrity." 

— CA State Controller Betty Yee

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Santa Ana Unified School Board Trustee Valerie Amezcua. Valerie Amezcua has served her community, not only as a parent, but as an education advocate, Santa Ana City Commissioner, and Supervising Probation Officer. Valerie was recognized by the Orange County Register as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People of 2017 for her work on the Santa Ana Unified School Board of Education. She has received numerous recognitions for her work and dedication for the community, including LULAC Woman of the Year, Congressional Recognition and Women of Distinction award.

Like Trustee Valeria Amezcua, I too have been involved in our community not only as a parent, but as a CERT member, a Steering Committee member of the Irvine Global Village Festival, PTA Board Member/President, and served on the City of Irvine's Community Services Commission. My dedication to our community here in Irvine and Orange County has earned me Congressional Recognition, Senatorial Women of Distinction award, Spirit in Action award, an Honoree of Women For:OC, and the OC Human Relations Commissions's Community Leader Award. It's time Irvine had a community leader serving the public.

— Santa Ana Unified School Board Trustee Valerie Amezcua

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Fullerton Councilman Jesus Silva. Councilman Silva has been a Junior High School teacher for 18 years and also served as Commissioner of the Fullerton City Parks and Recreation Commission. He understands the importance of building a strong relationship between the city and school district.

Like Councilman Silva, I too served as a Commissioner on the City of Irvine's Community Services Commission in 2014 and have a strong relationship with the Irvine Unified School District and its board members. I have served as PTA President at my children's elementary school for 3 terms, as a PTA Board member at the middle school and currently serve as the School Site Council member at the high school. I look forward to working with our school district to provide city planning to accommodate neighborhood schools.

— City of Fullerton Council Member Jesus Silva

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Santa Ana Councilman Sal Tinajero. Councilman Tinajero’s priorities include: increasing support for law enforcement and public safety; ensuring resources for clean streets, park improvements and neighborhood needs; and working with educators and elected officials to strengthen school systems across the county. Sal has been invited to be a motivational speaker at multiple school districts around the country.

Like Councilman Tinajero, I believe in supporting Irvine's law enforcement to provide public safety and I am a strong supporter of our parks and recreation. As a former Community Services Commissioner for the City of Irvine, I was the only one who voted against allowing new developments to forego their park fees in lieu of adding other structural amenities. I have been an MC for our neighborhood Fourth of July picnic for the past 2 years and hope to bring more communities together for neighborhood events. In 2015, I was awarded the Community Leader Award by the OC Human Relations Commission for my community work. I look forward to using my past experience to provide a safe environment and community oriented programs for our many villages.

 

— City of Santa Ana Council Member Sal Tinajero

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Tustin Councilwoman Letitia Clark. Councilwoman Clark's priorities are communication, economic development, support of local education, public health, and investment in innovation.

Like Councilwoman Letitia Clark, my three main goals are true transparency, especially in communication, smart housing and a robust infrastructure that takes into account our sustainability as a city - economically and environmentally. I look forward to working with our IUSD School Board members and providing the best for our children and families.

— City of Tustin Council Member Letitia Clark

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Costa Mesa Councilman John Stephens. As a resident of Costa Mesa since 1989, John has deep community ties and has served on the city’s Pension Oversight Committee, the Costa Mesa High School Foundation, Costa Mesans for Responsible Government and is a founding member of the St. John the Baptist Finance Council and Pastoral Council.

Like Councilman Stephens, I have also been involved in the Irvine community for many years. I have served as a Steering Committee member for the Irvine Global Village Festival for 8 years, a Community Emergency Response Team member for 10 years and have served on the City of Irvine's Community Services Commission in 2014. I look forward to serving and standing up for the citizens of Irvine.

— City of Costa Mesa Council Member John Stephens

I think she is the right candidate for the Job — Ali Moghaddam

"It always amazes me to see someone with a lot of dedication for the community who put so much hard work despite having other responsibilities of being a mother of growing boys and a busy husband. She is the "Iron Woman" who never skips a beat to attend any important community event and get involved in the affairs of all including, Immigration, business network, women empowerment and many more. As a professor at El Camino College and a Realtor for past 15 years I am honoured to endorse Farah Khan for the Irvine City Council". — Naveed Ghori

Farrah is a fearless leader who always does what is right. She is a proud supporter of public schools and I trust she will have families in mind as she serves on the Irvine City Council. — Walter Muneton

I am honored to receive the endorsement of CA State Senator Connie Leyva. Senator Leyva is committed to improving California’s schools, environment and communities. She firmly believes that California families benefit most when we invest in and help strengthen small businesses and other job drivers that create good paying jobs in our local communities.

Like Senator Leyva, I too am a strong supporter of our public schools, our environment and small businesses. My husband and I are Legacy Partners with the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, all of my kids are in Irvine public schools, I continue to work with community partners to improve our environment and I will make sure we are a welcoming city for small family-owned businesses.

— Senator Connie Leyva

I am honored to receive the endorsement of CA State Senator Josh Newman. Senator Newman is a United States Army veteran, veterans’ advocate and community leader. He understands the importance innovation and non-profits have on society. He founded and served as the Executive Director of ArmedForce2Workforce, a not-for-profit initiative to assist young veterans in the Orange County/Greater Los Angeles area in the pursuit of rewarding, career-oriented employment.

Like Senator Newman, I too am a strong supporter of our veterans and hope that Irvine builds a Veteran’s Cemetery without using political tactics that have divided our community. I believe that non-profits play an integral part in our society. We have some amazing non-profits based in Irvine that work towards making not only Irvine but all of Orange County a better place to live, work and play.

— Senator Josh Newman

I am honored to receive the endorsement of CA State Assembly Member Sharon Quirk Silva. Assembly Member Quirk Silva began her career in politics when she was elected as a City Council Member for the City of Fullerton and then went on to State Assembly. She is a strong advocate of public education, she believes in finding solutions and investing in our infrastructure and she works tirelessly to provide avenues for job creation.

Like Assembly Member Quirk Silva, I too am a strong supporter of our public schools and look forward to working with not only our City Council members but our School Board Members as well. I am deeply troubled by our current infrastructure and complaints regarding housing and traffic - I believe in educating our residents about opportunities for improvements and setting goals to fulfill them. I will work hard to make sure that our students are able to find quality jobs in Irvine and make sure those already working here are able to find homes here - these are just steps to alleviating our housing and traffic issues.

— Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva

I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Orange County League of Conservation Voters. The mission of the Orange County League of Conservation Voters (OCLCV) is to promote environmental protection through proactive participation in the Orange County political system and democratic process, while trying to enhance the integrity of that political system for all County residents. As such, the OCLCV promote conservation and protection of natural resources, as well as good government issues and political reforms.

I look forward to my continued work on Irvine's environmental sustainability, not for just today but for years to come. Let's put our innovation to good use and provide an atmosphere that promotes healthy living.

— Orange County League of Conservation Voters

I’m excited to share some big news! I’ve been named a 2018 Champion by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which honors candidates across the country who are fighting for progressive priorities and looking out for the needs of everyday families.

Our campaign has real momentum, and we’re being recognized for our commitment to running a grassroots, people-powered campaign — and one with a bold vision.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is building power state by state, helping candidates like me run smart campaigns driven by grassroots supporters. They know that it’s important for progressives to take power, so we can turn our ideas into action.

But before we can change anything, I need to get elected. For a campaign like mine, money isn’t what wins elections (although it certainly doesn’t hurt!) It’s the personal connections at the door or on the phone that will bring voters out on Election Day.

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— Progressive Change Campaign Committee

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Coast Community College Trustee Dr. Lorraine Prinsky. Dr. Lorraine Prinsky has brought an independent and fresh perspective with high ethical values to the Coast Community College District Board. Her work includes environmental advocacy for which she was awarded the Sierra Club Political Leadership Award in 2017.

Like Dr. Prinsky, I too will bring an independent and fresh perspective to our Irvine City Council. I am not taking any money from lobbyists or special interests and will work hard to ensure ethical decision making. My endorsement from the Orange County League of Conservation Voters is a testament to my commitment to our environment.

— Coast Community College Trustee Dr. Lorraine Prinsky

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Costa Mesa Councilwoman and former Mayor Katrina Foley. Katrina was elected to the Costa Mesa City Council in November, 2014 and she previously served the public on the Newport Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees from November 2010 to November 2014. Katrina’s focus is on making Costa Mesa better for families. As the Mayor of Costa Mesa, Foley led the council with a goal of restoring civility during the meetings, including all voices in the public discussions, launching listening tours in town, and working toward unanimous decisions that consider a diverse council among many others.

Like Councilwoman Foley, I too have been leading a Listening Tour since September of 2017 to hear first hand from the community and I hope to hear from you as I make my way to your neighborhood. I have been a staunch supporter of true transparency with 2-way communication between city council and residents and I, too, believe in including all voices in public discussions. I hope to bring my experience from corporate, small business and non-profit sectors to make a difference our city. 

As a mother with children in our Irvine public schools, I know what our families want and I look forward to earning your support and working to ease our traffic, promote smart growth, provide continuous safety and apply a robust infrastructure plan.

— Costa Mesa Councilwoman Katrina Foley

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Laguna Beach Councilwoman and four-time former Mayor Toni Iseman. Toni Iseman has long been fighting for issues that impact the lives of residents. From pushing for a free trolley service to help ease traffic to safeguarding the environment by protecting canyons, beaches and coves. When she first took her seat on the council in 1998, Iseman ran because she was troubled by parking, traffic and development.

Like Councilwoman Iseman, I too have been fighting for issues that impact Irvine residents. From speaking up during the Non-Toxic Irvine campaign to urging council to compromise on helping local businesses during the Trabuco road name change to championing Community Choice Energy, I have stood up for issues time and time again. I look forward to earning your support and working to ease our traffic and promote smart growth.

— Laguna Beach Councilwoman Toni Iseman

It’s always great to see friends of education like Farrah Khan working on behalf of children in the community. Over the years I have come to know Farrah and her work with residents and the greater community of Irvine. Farrah puts residents first. She has not and will not succumb to special interests and works for the people. She continuously works hard in the community and assures transparency and integrity at the local level. I’m proud to know her and support and endorse her wholeheartedly for the Irvine City Council.

— OVSD Board Member Gina Clayton-Tarvin

It gives me immense pleasure to write something about Farrah. She is doing so much for the community. Since I know her, I have always seen her involved in many social activities. She is there for the community. Helping children, women and anyone who needs her support. She is working hard for the betterment of the city. I have witnessed the exceptional contributions that Farrah has made to the community. Not only is she an excellent and hard-working, but she has dedicated herself to enriching the lives of people around her. Farrah is truly special for her compassion and commitment to helping others. I wish her luck for future endeavor. Akshita Khurana Sharma( Founder: Ourindianculture.com) — Akshita Khurana

I support Farrah N Khan — Fazila Ayub
Alex Trump
Asam Sheikh
Rana Mohiuddin


Committee to Elect Farrah N. Khan for Irvine City Council 2018 FPPC #1379227
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