The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) has carried out an extensive program in 2016 to educate Turkish Americans on the importance of public service and maintaining dialogue with elected officials. In addition to speaking with Turkish American organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy has traveled to Southern California, New York, Pittsburgh, Massachusetts and most recently to Miami, Houston and Denver for roundtable discussions on Turkish American empowerment. Further, TCA held its Annual Youth Leadership Congress, November 3-6, for undergraduate/graduate students and recent graduates of Turkish American heritage who wish to become active in American civic and political life, contribute to U.S.-Turkey relations and the Turkish American community, and who are committed to advancing the TCA mission.
High Hopes on November 8th: Three Members of the Turkish American Community Running for Public Office
Only six Turkish Americans have ever been elected to public office in the United States at the local level in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Texas. This year, three members of the Turkish American community are running for public office: John Alpay of California, Ben Bartlett of California, and Duysevi Karan Miyar of Florida.
Candidate for Area 4 of the South Orange County Community College District, California.*
Spouse of Turkish American Yelda Mesbah Bartlett and candidate running for Berkeley City Council in California.*
|Duysevi Mirza Karan Miyar
Democratic candidate running for the Florida House of Representatives in Miami-
*For more information on these candidates, please go to www.tenthousandturks.org. Note: As a 501©3 charitable organization, TCA is prohibited by law from engaging in activities that could be construed as political campaigning. TCA cannot donate funds to a political action committee or support any political candidate or group of candidates. Thus, this bulletin is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement of any candidates/PACs or a solicitation on their behalf.