Hot to Watch: Al Salehi

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By Carisa Carlton

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Al Salehi

Al Salehi talking to former County Supervisor, Chris Norby, at Zinc Cafe in Laguna Beach.

Al Salehi, Laguna Beach native, was voted most likely to be famous by his Laguna Beach High School classmates in 1997. While in High School, he started Arguers Anonymous, he was  LBHS Brush & Palette’s editor-in-chief for 4 years, and Jack Kemp endorsed him as the youngest person to run for school board.

Now, at 35, Salehi is seeking 2014 election as a non-partisan candidate for the U.S. House to represent California’s 45th district in the blanket primary on June 3. Salehi claims he is endorsed by former President Clinton, former California Governor Schwarzenegger, and former New Mexico Governor Richardson.

Salehi earned a bachelor’s degree at UCLA in psychology, and he is working on a program leading to a graduate degree in educational psychology at USC. According to his website, Salehi serves as a Trustee to the Buena Park Library District and previously, he served as an advisor on state library policy to Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-CA).

Salehi considers himself open and creative, and he prides himself on keeping promises. He believes the biggest challenge he faces in the June 3rd primaries is the negative association with his surname, but he will “bleed red, white and blue” for this country and he hopes to be judged fairly. 

Salehi wants to bring a voice to the American People. He said he likes to help the underdog; and he loves people who need help. “I don’t believe in injustice. The people’s voice and spirit should not be crushed,” he said.

Salehi is active on major social media platforms. When questioned about the unusual metrics on his Twitter account, Salehi didn’t deny 78% of his Twitter followers are fake, but he said, “Not at any point have we hired fake followers.” Instead, Salehi blames Twitter for spam.

California’s 45th congressional district is based in Orange County and includes Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Anaheim Hills, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo.

Learn more about Al Salehi and his plans here.

 

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Author: Carisa Carlton

Carisa Carlton is the Editor in Chief of Laguna Beach Gazette. Learn more about Carlton at http://www.carisacarlton.com/ .

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