Party: No party
City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Starting a job in the division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Gonzaga University in July
Her words: "When it comes down to it, no one’s coming for me. There’s no knight in shining armor for me. To make a difference in the world, I realized I have to get in the middle of the fray."
Her pitch: An immigrant from Pakistan, Sherazi says she's running for the Spokane City Council not only to add ethnic diversity to the Spokane City Council, but also to add a voice on the panel for constituents like herself who are struggling with living expenses. Escalating rents, a lack of good-paying jobs for single parents and a lack of resources and funds specifically for northeast Spokane are all reasons Sherazi said she felt compelled to run for office. Sherazi expressed some interest in policies capping rents and reducing plastic waste in the city, and said she'll drawn on a large base of support from progressive-minded organizations in the city, including the Center for Justice and Spokane Coalition of Color, in her campaign.
Work experience: Former research assistant at Washington State University in Spokane. Worked as an administrative assistant at the Spokane Regional Health District assisting with opioid addiction treatment from 2013 to 2015. Taught English at the college level in Texas after moving to Houston from Karachi, Pakistan, in 2008.
Education: Received associate's degree from San Jacinto College in Houston in 2011. Received a bachelor's degree in cytogenetic sciences, biology, chemistry and math from the University of Texas's MD Anderson School of Health Professions in 2012.
Political experience: First run for public office. Serves on boards of Peace and Justice Action League Spokane (PJALS), Refugee Connections, and Muslims for Community Action and Support.
Family: Unmarried. Lives with an 18-year-old son.
Neighborhood: Shiloh Hills
- Web: people4naghmana.org
|Tim Benn (N)||2,370||26.25 %|
|Michael Cathcart (N)||2,121||23.49 %|
|Naghmana Sherazi (N)||1,612||17.85 %|
|Jerrall J. Haynes (N)||1,166||12.91 %|
|Doug Salter (N)||685||7.59 %|
|Krys Brown (N)||551||6.10 %|
|Louis Lefebvre (N)||525||5.81 %|
Election preview: Crowded 7-member field of candidates seeks to replace Mike Fagan on Spokane City Council
The open seat to represent northeast Spokane on the City Council has drawn multiple challengers, including seasoned political players and first-time candidates. They all agree, however, that their district has been overlooked at City Hall for dollars to support infrastructure and industry.