Candidate Los Angeles City Council District 5
"I am in very good company with the endorsement of IAPAC because you have also supported my Congressman, Henry Waxman. IAPAC's endorsement of my candidacy for Los Angeles City Council Fifth District, which has the largest Iranian-American population in the United States is a humbling honor. As a first-generation Iranian-American, the strong connection and support I feel from this endorsement cannot be measured only in dollars."
A first generation American of Iranian descent, David Vahedi was born and raised in Los Angeles California. Vahedi graduated from the California State University system with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. He entered public service as an auditor for the State Board of Equalization. In his years at the Board, Vahedi completed over 250 financial audits totaling over $10 billion in audited transactions. He continued his education and earned a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. He now has a private practice focusing on civil litigation.
Aside from his professional work, Vahedi is a 10-year Board Member of one of the largest Homeowner's Associations in Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Westside Neighborhood Council. Believing in community service, Vahedi serves as a pro-bono attorney for Friends of Animals and other rescue organizations. He has also mentored at-risk teens in his district and has been a volunteer and supporter of Protect the Vote and many other civic groups, ranging from the Sierra Club to Save the Ballona Wetlands.
Vahedi came in first place in the March 3rd primary election to fill the vacant 5th District Los Angeles City Council seat. Running against five other well funded and politically connected candidates in the primary, Vahedi was able to galvanize a powerful political base of community leaders to become the very first Iranian American to ever win a City of Los Angeles primary.
On May 19, 2009, Vahedi will face former West Hollywood Mayor Paul Koretz in the run-off election. If successful, he will become the first Iranian American elected to serve on the City Council of Los Angeles.
Vahedi's campaign for the District 5 seat is built on a strong platform focusing on improving public safety, increasing investment on infrastructure, and helping to improve traffic congestion. His campaign has received key endorsements from the law enforcement community, homeowners associations, and public officials.
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Residence:Los Angeles, CA
Prev. Government Exp.:Auditor, State Board of Equalization
Education:BS California State University; JD Loyola Law School