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Ammar Campa-Najjar

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Ammar Campa-Najjar is a political activist and Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2018 election to represent California's 50th congressional district.[1][2] He is the first Latino-Arab American to run for Congress.[3]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Campa-Najjar was born in La Mesa, California to father Yasser Najjar and mother Abigail Campa.[4][5] In 1998, his family left San Diego and he attended Catholic school in Gaza.[6] Upon his family's return to San Diego in 2001, he attended Islamic School of San Diego for elementary school, Eastlake High School, and community college at Southwestern College.[7] He graduated from San Diego State University, where he earned dual bachelor's degrees in philosophy and psychology.

Career[edit | edit source]

During the Obama Administration, Campa-Najjar served in the Labor Department's Office of Public Affairs for the Employment and Training Administration. He was tasked with reading and helping select the 10 letters that President Obama would read each day.[8]

Campa-Najjar has advocated enhanced vetting and the empowerment of moderate Muslims to help end terrorism.[9] He has advocated for apprenticeship programs that pay people as they learn, for example the Registered Apprenticeship job training initiative, which has bipartisan support.[10][11][12]

Congressional campaign[edit | edit source]

Campa-Najjar supports environmentally sustainable developments, including solar farms, and would like to bring SpaceX to his district.[13] Campa-Najjar has advocated for registering young people to vote, especially those who will be 18 by 2018, because they will be on the receiving end of climate change and increasing levels of indebtedness.[3]

On February 2, 2018, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Campa-Najjar had outraised both the Republican incumbent, Duncan Hunter, and his Democratic rival, Josh Butner.[14] The San-Diego Union Tribune has endorsed Campa-Najjar, or whoever is the challenger in the 50th district.[15] They took the unusual step of offering an endorsement before the primary election, citing the "lunacy" of incumbent Duncan Hunter.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Home | Ammar Campa-Najjar for Congress | CA 50". Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  2. "Palestinian-Mexican American politician running for US Congress". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  3. 3.0 3.1 McNamara, Brittney. "Why This Young Latinx-Arab American Is Running For Congress". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  4. @ACampaNajjar (July 18, 2017). "Thanks! Btw I'm Christian and was born (Grossmont Hospital) and raised in San Diego. Just for all the trolls and #FakeNews about to ensue twitter.com/yashar/status/887400712052801536 ..." (Tweet). Retrieved 2018-02-16 – via Twitter.
  5. Campa-Najjar, Ammar. "From the Barrio to Gaza to the White House". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  6. Campa-Najjar, Ammar (2016-11-19). "I'm a Hispanic-Arab American, and Trump's election doesn't shake my belief in America". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  7. "Ammar Campa-Najjar". Retrieved February 16, 2018 – via LinkedIn.
  8. Mehta, Seema. "Obama's former staffers hope to build upon his legacy as they run for office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  9. Campa-Najjar, Ammar (2017-02-25). "Enhanced vetting, moderate Muslims are key to ending terrorism". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  10. Fadulu, Lolade. "The Push for Education Programs That Pay People As They Learn". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  11. "Opinion: An Obama 'apprenticeship' that Trump should continue". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  12. Union-Tribune, San Diego. "50th Congressional District candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar on the issues". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  13. McPhate, Mike (2017-06-26). "California Today: Young, Arab, Latino and Vying for Congress". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  14. Stewart, Joshua. "Young, first-time candidates lead in campaign finances". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  15. Board, The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial. "50th district: Anyone but Duncan Hunter". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26.


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