Why I’m Running

Today, too many New Yorkers are being closed out of the American Dream because they simply can’t make ends meet, much less create a foundation for financial security that they can build on to get ahead. They are working harder than ever before, but have less and less to show for it.

Unfortunately, many of our elected officials seem intent on proposing legislation as a form of protest, or to win political points in a game of partisan ping pong, rather than listening to their constituents and coming up with ideas that would help to solve real problems for the people they serve.

The result is unsustainable for all of us, but particularly so for lower and middle-income New Yorkers, many of whom are immigrants facing circumstances no different than those my parents faced thirty-five years ago, and who, at best, are running only to stand still.

Our campaign for Senate will be focused on making New York a great place to raise a family, start a business, and, ultimately, retire. We will be running to promote policies that help hard working New Yorkers achieve financial security and upward mobility, with a focus on education reform, home affordability, and small business entrepreneurship.

We’re running to promote policies that help the dishwasher become the restaurant owner, help the mechanic one day own the auto body shop, and help the carpenter become the contractor. After all, if government is to do anything, it must position folks to seize upon their God-given potential, not restrain them from doing so.

As an immigrant whose family benefitted from the refuge and opportunity that the United States offers, I always have felt compelled to serve.

And, while the current state of our political discourse has driven many very qualified and hard-working Americans away from public service and political engagement, for me, it has only raised the stakes.

For my wife, Anjella, and I, the opportunity to meet voters, hear their thoughts and concerns, and have an opportunity to give those concerns a voice in this campaign and ultimately in Albany, would be a high honor and great privilege.

– Sarmad Khojasteh