July 18, 2014, Washington, D.C. – State Representative Cyrus Habib’s campaign for Washington State Senate continues to gain momentum with a recent Municipal League endorsement rating of outstanding, the highest rating the organization grants to candidates.
The Municipal League of King County is a well-respected organization which aims to improve the caliber of public officials and the quality of public decisions. Once a year, the Municipal League provides a nonpartisan assessment of each candidate running for political office by conducting a thorough evaluation of their qualifications and capacity to serve effectively. An outstanding rating asserts that Habib has made numerous outstanding contributions requiring skills related to the office, and furthermore, is a path-finding and respected leader who brings knowledge and creativity to issues facing the office.
Habib is running to fill the seat that is being vacated by retiring State Senator Rodney for the 48th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate. In addition to the Municipal League’s outstanding rating, Habib's campaign has also gained endorsements from U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Governor Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, U.S. Congressman Adam Smith, and the bi-partisan support of all the city mayors in the 48th District of Washington State.
Even though Habib is a freshman legislator, he is seen as a rising star in Washington's Democratic Party. In late 2013, he was selected as one of twelve legislators nationwide to watch in 2014. The Washington Post also recently selected him as one of the top 40 political rising stars who are under 40 years old in the country.
Habib is the first American of Iranian heritage to serve in a state legislature and is the highest ranking Iranian American in elected office. He was raised in Bellevue, Washington, and at the age of eight, he lost his eyesight to a rare form of childhood cancer. He attended Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School, where he was editor of the law review. He currently practices law with the Seattle firm of Perkins Coie.
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