First-time candidate Alex Mohajer raises $117,000 in CA State Senate race

July 12, 2023
Mohajer is running a grassroots campaign to become the first openly LGBTQ+ legislator elected from Orange County and potentially the only Iranian in the California state legislature

IRVINE, CA — Democrat Alex Mohajer, president of the Stonewall Democrats, announced on Wednesday that he has raised more than $117,000 since he entered the race for California State Senate in Orange County’s 37th Senate District.

The 38-year-old Iranian Irvine native and LGBTQ+ civic leader announced in late March that he would be vying for the seat currently held by Senator Dave Min, who is running for Congress. The six-figure fundraising haul was earned through mostly small-dollar donations from more than 500 contributions and is an impressive debut for the first-time candidate, who announced at the outset of his campaign that he would accept no contributions from corporate PACs, corporate healthcare lobbies, or the fossil fuels industry.

“Californians are ready to send a new generation of diverse, intersectional voices to elected office,” said Mohajer in a statement. “We are going to make history in this district, and we are going to do it without taking money from the same special interests that are holding us back from making meaningful progress.”

Mohajer’s historic campaign has already garnered national attention. Last month, he was named one of the 2023 #Pride50, honored as one of the most inspirational LGBTQ+ voices in the country. He has also received features in the LA Times, OC Register, and the Bay Area Reporter. If elected, Mohajer will become the first openly gay Iranian man elected anywhere in the world, the only Iranian in the California state legislature, and the first openly LGBTQ+ legislator elected from Orange County. He will also be considerably younger than the average of California state legislators.  He has centered his campaign on climate change, health care, mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and economic policies that lift up working-class families.

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