When Virginia’s governor admitted wearing blackface, only one Democrat, 39-year incumbent Dick Saslaw defended him—now Yasmine Taeb, an immigrant with an extraordinary story is taking him on.
“As a former refugee, my family and I escaped war-torn Iran when I was six years old, and eventually made our way to the Mexican border,” she explained. “Today, I’m a human rights attorney fighting for refugees and asylum seekers. I’ve been organizing around progressive values in Northern Virginia for more than a decade.”
Taeb was the first Muslim woman elected to the DNC. Now she’s running for Virginia State Senate in a June 11 primary against Saslaw, a powerful senator with deep corporate ties.
“This country, my country has given me everything. And I am determined to fight to give every one of my neighbors that same opportunity,” she explained. “I’m a progressive Democrat precisely because there’s another little girl in Virginia today, who needs someone to fight for her. To fight for her education, for her rights, for her undocumented parents, for her right to live up to her potential.”
Virginia’s biggest corporate donor is Dominion, a large energy company. Dominion has given more money to Saslaw then any other Virginia candidate. Saslaw has fought a ban on Dominion double-charging ratepayers.
“I owe this country and everyone in Northern Virginia a debt for helping me because the person I was always meant to become,” she said. “And I can’t think of a better way to do that than ensuring a real progressive represents you in Richmond.”