Thursday, November 10, 2011

Iranian-American elected Sheriff of San Francisco

Sheriff-elect Ross Mirkarimi

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the liberal lawmaker, police academy graduate, Naval Reserves veteran and a founding member of the California Green Party (who is now a Democratic), declared victory today in the race for sheriff.

And according to Wikipedia:

Ross Mirkarimi (pronounced Meehr-kah-reem-E) was born in Chicago in 1961 to an Iranian father, Hamid Mirkarimi, and a Jewish Russian-American mother, Nancy Kolman. He grew up in Jamestown, Rhode Island, where he graduated from the Catholic, all-male Bishop Hendricken High School in 1979. "I totally credit my childhood in Jamestown for my green views," Mirkarimi said. "I'll never forget living near Fort Getty and exploring the unspoiled island with my dog Oscar when I was a boy."

He has a Bachelor's degree in political science from St. Louis University, a Master's degree in international economics and affairs from Golden Gate University, and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of San Francisco. He has lived in San Francisco since 1984.

Mirkarimi is a graduate of the San Francisco Police Academy, where he was the president of his class. Before his election to office, he served in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office investigating white collar crime.

On April 21, 2009, Ross Mirkarimi became a father, as Eliana Lopez, a Venezuelan telenovela star whom he met at an environmental conference in Brazil, gave birth to his son, Theo Aureliano Mirkarimi.
Congratulations to Ross Mirkarimi and the City & County of San Francisco!


Mark Pyruz said...

We here in SF are proud of our Ross Mirkarimi. Best wishes go out to our new sheriff in town!

Anonymous said...

Good luck to him and I hope he wont be tagged a Terrortist and put in jail for his ethnicity in a couple of years or months when he starts busting the wrong guy.

Here in the UK we had an Iranian Police chief. He was so politically bullied and criminalized untill he landed in jail and was beaten half dead there... was let go only when he quit his duties.

Guy is still around but.....sad thing was even Iranians started to doubt him when he was begging for support.

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Unknown said...

Here goes the neighborhood!:)

Anonymous said...

Good luck to him and all the best wishes.This is the type of guy which I would like to see to represent the Iranians both in Iran as well as abroad.

Anonymous said...

THAT'S an American story!

Iranian man in America marries American Jewish woman whose family came Russia. They have a son who studies hard, works hard and succeeds.

The son's son is of a Venezuelan mother.

Bless them all.