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Liliana Bakhtiari

Liliana Bakhtiari

Candidate Atlanta City Council District 5

Liliana Bakhtiari was born and raised in the heart of Atlanta. Her father, an Iranian immigrant, was a pharmacist and her mother was a dental hygienist who worked hard to put him through medical school. With such busy and driven parents, she learned from a young age how to pitch in and help, often taking care of her brother, who had asthma and needed to be looked after.

For several years, Bakhtiari served on the Board of Lost N Found Youth, an organization dedicated to getting homeless queer youth off of the streets. She has traveled throughout the Southeast volunteering in crisis relief, such as Louisiana flood relief. She has pushed for continued conversation on the intersectionality of the arts and politics through platforms like 9to5, Elevate, and Tanz Farm. Inheriting my father’s passion for preservation, she has also spent the last couple of years renovating the Rufus M. Rose House - the last Victorian home left on Peachtree, a street that holds extensive Atlanta history. 

Liliana first decided to run for office in 2017, in part as a response to the Travel Ban. After years of serving as a community advocate, she believes the next best step is to run for City Council. In November 2017, she came within 247 votes of winning her primary over the incumbent. She is running again for the same District 5 seat, which is now an open seat.

Background Information:

Occupation: Freelance Photographer and Videographer

Residence: Atlanta, GA

Education: Georgia State University

Marital Status: Single

Previous Occupation: Community Activist

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia