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.
Bakhtiari has been endorsed by the Professional Association of City Employees, the National Association of Government Employees, the Professional Association of Firefighters, AFSCME, Teamsters, The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Rep. Park Cannon, Rep. David Dreyer, and a long list of others. For more on Bakhtiari’s endorsements, please click here.
The election, which will be held on November 7th, 2017, marks the first time Bakhtiari has ran for public office.
Occupation: Freelance Photographer and Videographer
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Education: Georgia State University
Marital Status: Single
Previous Occupation: Community Activist
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia