Sarah D. Wire
April 6, 2017 – 10:24 a.m.

Reporting from Washington—

Democrat Kia Hamadanchy announced he’ll run for the 45th Congressional District Thursday, becoming the third Democrat this week to announce plans to challenge Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) for the seat.

Hamadanchy said he decided to run the night the Trump administration’s ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, was first announced. His Iranian-born mother asked him if they should sell their Orange County home and move to Canada.

Hamadanchy, 31, was a legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) until about a month ago, and he enters the race with Brown’s endorsement.

“I know firsthand how hard Kia will work to improve the lives of Americans from all walks of life. He is committed to protecting civil rights, making education more affordable, and increasing opportunities for all Americans,” Brown said in a statement.

Hamadanchy’s parents fled the Iranian Revolution, and he grew up in Orange County, graduating from Irvine’s Northwood High School. He has a law degree from the University of Michigan and also worked for former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

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