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2020 Election: Candidates from the Turkish American Community on the Ballot

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Updated on  October 18 2020

Upcoming Election Dates

November 3 is the general election. There are now seven candidates from the Turkish American community on the ballot. The seven 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.facebook.com/onur4mattawanschools

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

 Zarina Kiziloglu, spouse of Dr. Kursad Kiziloglu, running for a nonpartisan seat on the City Council of Pleasanton, CA. www.zarina4pleasanton.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/morriscountycommissioner

 

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: 3

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.

Ceylan Rowe – Democratic candidate for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Primary was in September.


Turkish American Candidates

J.Alpay800

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.facebook.com/onur4mattawanschools
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A.Kurdoglu.800

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, Morris County (NJ) Freeholder (County Commissioner).

secure.anedot.com/selen/morriscountycommissioner

 

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Candidates with Ties to the Turkish American Community

Ben Bartlett800

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

Leah Ersoylu, the spouse of Turkish American Sarp Ersoylu, is running for the nonpartisan position of trustee of the Newport Mesa United School District in Orange County, California. Her election is on the 3 of November 2020.

www.Leah4NewportMesa.com

5.L.Ersoylu.2020
Z.Kiziloglu800

3 November 2020

General Election for Zarina Kiziloglu, spouse of Dr. Kursad Kiziloglu, candidate (nonpartisan) for the Pleasanton (CA) City Council.

www.zarina4pleasanton.com