Candidate U.S. House of Representatives (D-3rd/NY)
Anna Kaplan is a town of North Hempstead Councilwoman. She represents the town's Fourth District, which includes the villages of Roslyn and Great Neck. Kaplan was first elected in 2011 and reelected in 2015. Prior to being elected Councilwoman, she served on the town of North Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals and was Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Great Neck Public Library District.
Kaplan was born in northern Iran and raised in Tehran. When the Islamic Revolution took place in 1979, she was sent to the U.S. at the age of 13 as part of an international effort to help the Jewish children of Iran leave the country. After attending high school in Chicago, she received a B.S. in Biology and later earned a J.D. from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.
Kaplan ran for the 3rd Congressional seat of New York Representative Steve Israel, who in January of 2016 announced that he will not be seeking re-election.
While she initially opposed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Kaplan has taken the position that the nuclear agreement must be implemented now that it has passed. She supports the Commission to Verify Iran Nuclear Compliance Act (H.R.3741). The legislation would establish a Congressional-Executive commission to oversee the implementation of the JCPOA.
During her campaign, Kaplan took aim at Donald Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric as “dangerous” and “hateful”. She has said that she sees the rise of Donald Trump and his threatening rhetoric towards some immigrants as personally troubling.
Residence: North Hempstead, NY
Marital Status: Married (Sarah)
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: Member of North Hempstead City Council (2011-present)