The Supporters of Shayan for Congress

Who am I?

I am a 30 year old Iranian-American civil rights attorney in Orlando. I've spent the last 2 years representing the family of Trayvon Martin. I am a success story of the Affordable Care Act and the oldest child of immigrant parents.

Why am I running?

I am running for United States Congress because I believe there is no blueprint or natural progression that makes someone qualified to be a Congressman. I'm young, I'm not a multi-millionaire and I am not a career politician. But that is exactly the type of candidate that is most needed in Washington. Someone who can restore people's faith that politicians exist who will be honest, sincere and genuine with them and will tell it to them straight. I will be someone who will roll up my sleeves and fight for equality and will stand up for what is right, because I have been doing it for years.

My Goals

My top three policy goals are 1) passing comprehensive immigration reform in the House, 2) raising the minimum wage for the middle class and hard-working families and 3) fighting for women's rights (equal pay for equal work, right to make private healthcare decisions etc) and common sense equal rights legislation like ENDA for the LGBT community. I have been fighting against inequality and injustice in central Florida for years. Whether it is against disparate treatment of minorities in the Florida criminal justice system or holding marches and rallies like the one I organized in downtown Orlando last summer protesting gun violence which brought over 2,000 people out, I am a fighter for the people and I will always be accountable to them. I have always said I will never look ahead to the next election or next big campaign check. Millionaires and career politicians worry about that stuff. I will go to Washington to relentlessly fight for the people that I represent, even if it is for one term I will do everything in my power to make their lives better as much as I possibly can in those two years.

My DFA Values

Community is important, and public schools have long been a corner stone of American communities. I will fight against any efforts to further divert already scarce resources away from our public schools in favor of religious charter schools or vouchers. We have to make college and early childhood education affordable and accessible for all of our children so that they all have an equal chance to succeed and achieve their full potentials. As an Iranian American, I will bring a unique perspective to American foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East with US-Iranian relations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We have to continue efforts aimed at multilateral diplomacy and reconciliation that makes diplomatic efforts the first option and armed conflict the last resort. This will make America safer and provide more long-lasting and durable security for the American people than continued armed conflict ever could. Liberty is the lifeblood of America and democracy. As an attorney, I have the utmost respect for the Constitution of the United States and will protect and defend it to the best of my ability. Liberty means equality for all, being able to love and marry whomever you choose, and playing on an even playing field. This is what I believe strongly in, and will fight for in Washington.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Almost everything I post on social media or websites contains #TeamShayan. Not because it is a slogan, but because this is truly going to take a team effort. I may be the name on the ballot, but it's going to be teamwork that wins this race. A team of people who will stand up for the same values, principals and beliefs, and help elect me to be their voice in Washington. I most recently participated in the first ever Lobby Days for the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida in Tallahassee to lobby for legislation that would improve the lives of Hispanics and young Dreamers in Florida. I plan to continue that fight in Washington on a much broader scale to fight for comprehensive immigration reform that the Senate passed last summer, that Joe Garcia introduced in the House and obstructionists in the House continue to block this important legislation. I also recently met with Planned Parenthood in Washington D.C. and toured the Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando recently. I learned about all of the important services that PPGO provides women and patients on a daily basis. I will continue be a staunch advocate of a woman's right to make her own personal healthcare decisions, protect the important progress made in the ACA, and fight for equality for women, reflected both in the workplace and in their paychecks.

Voice support


  • Gabriel Rothblatt, FL

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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