January 25, 2007
Three Iranian Jews run for seats on Beverly Hills City Council
(Page 2 - Previous Page)In 2005, Nahai campaigned on behalf of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign within the Iranian community. In April 2005, a fundraising event at the Beverly Hills home of Iranian Jewish business Leon Farahnik, helped raise nearly $40,000 for the Villaraigosa campaign.
After the election, Villaraigosa appointed Nahai to serve on the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners and he was elected president of the board last year. In January 2005, Nahai was reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for an unprecedented third term.
Iranian American Jewish Federation's Kermanian, who campaigned on behalf of the Bush-Cheney ticket in 2004 within the larger Iranian community, said state and national candidates have increasingly taken notice of the estimated 30,000 Iranian Jews living in Southern California. The community has been seen as an important voting block because of their shared values, financial strength and close ties with other voting groups, he said.
"The most appealing aspect of our community is the fact that it enjoys great relations and alliances with communities far larger than itself and it has the ability to influence and to move a lot more voters than its own numbers would otherwise suggest," Kermanian said.
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