Marjan Philhour is a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She's an ideal candidate, to say the least given that she is a mother and the daughter of Iranian and Filipino parents and therefore understands the need for diversity in politics.
Philhour rightly states that within the last six years, there hasn't been a mother on the Board of Supervisors. The same applies regarding a Filipino-American on the board and for females. Philhour argues that adding a woman's voice to the mix is necessary to broaden people's perspectives and add to the potential progress of the city.
The confident women in question is a candidate in District 1 and believes that people have already witnessed what outcomes occur when there isn't diversity at the table. She uses the waiver program changes as a perfect example, as they are set to discriminate against Iranian-Americans and their families.
This time, Philhour isn't the only Iranian-American having a shot at being on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Previously a Deputy Director in Mayor Gavin Newsom's Office of Community Development, Ahsha Safai is also running to secure a place on the board in District 11. Safai is well known for her campaigns focused on encouraging Iranian Americans to participate in local politics. She also has more than 30 years worth of political experience under her belt.
Philhour was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area and showed interest in public affairs since the young age of 16. She successfully secured an internship at the office of Democratic Representative Tom Lantos. The course gave her a great start in her career by enabling her to form a network of opportunities that she could return to after completing her undergraduate studies. Philhour always recalls how grateful she was for having such a good mentor at an early stage.
Even today, Philhour continues to remember important lessons from her earlier career days that are often reflected in her campaigns.
A further nine candidates are running for the seat. Philhour launched her campaigning just short of two years ago. She started off by communicating and talking to neighbors focusing on earning as many endorsements as possible.
Many people questioned what gives Philhour such great determination and motivated throughout her long career and campaigns. She believes that her role as a wife and mother to three children should take credit for her willpower and determination.
Philhour's campaign mainly focuses on improving local economy through providing greater support for small businesses and concentrating on the needs of families.
If Philhour is successful in her campaign and gains a place on the elected Board of Supervisors, she plans to bridge a solid sense of communication between the city hall and neighborhood while including the citizens of District 1 as much involved as possible.
She believes that her first-hand experience of working in the state, for federal governments, as well as participating in federal and state campaigns has given her the opportunity to see how governments can work united. We wish Philhour great success with her campaign.