Meet Lt. Governor Candidate Cyrus Habib on Orcas on July 18

July 14, 2016 by David Dehlendorf

The public is invited to meet Cyrus Habib, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, next Monday, July 18, at an informal meet-and-greet event for Cyrus from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Random Howse in Eastsound.

Cyrus currently is a State Senator representing Bellevue/Kirkland. He is a key member of the Democratic leadership’s efforts to address climate change, income inequality, and job creation, and he serves as Democratic Whip. He was one of 29 DNC appointees to the National Platform Committee that met in Orlando last week.

A few other facts:

1. A cancer survivor, Cyrus has been fully blind since age eight and is a strong advocate for disability rights. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Iran and his mother served as a county judge in Washington State.

2. Cyrus attended public schools in Bellevue and is a Rhodes Scholar, Truman Scholar, and a Soros Fellow. He graduated from Columbia University with highest honors, and holds degrees from Oxford and Yale Law School.

3. From 2009-2013, he practiced law at Perkins Coie, where he helped startup tech companies raise venture capital funds and license their software. In 2013, Cyrus was named Professor and Distinguished Lawmaker in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law.

4. He’s a strong advocate in the Senate on behalf of the environment and joined with many of us on Orcas to oppose the huge coal terminal in Bellingham that would have endangered the Salish Sea.

5. He has the endorsement of environmental groups, including the Washington Conservation Voters. He also has the support of labor, including the Washington State Labor Council, SEIU, and the Washington Education Association. And he’s been endorsed by many top officials, including our state’s Attorney General, Bob Ferguson.

Bottom Line: At age 34, Habib is the type of young, progressive Democrat that will play a growing role in Washington State and national politics. He represents the next generation of political leadership, and is a reason to be optimistic about the future of our nation.

An invitation to the event for Cyrus Habib at Random Howse is attached. It’s both a “Meet and Greet” and a fundraiser, but if you can’t give, please come anyway and meet Cyrus. Please RSVP to Katherine Bobman: or 206-486-5913.

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