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Shireen Ghorbani

Shireen Ghorbani, a Bismarck native, unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Utah.

A Bismarck native who ran for Congress in Utah lost the election on Tuesday, but said she’s not done fighting for the little guy.

Shireen Ghorbani, a Democrat, challenged Republican incumbent Rep. Chris Stewart in Utah’s 2nd District. Stewart won the race with 58 percent of votes over Ghorbani’s 38 percent, according to unofficial results.

Ghorbani, a graduate of St. Mary’s Central High School, said Wednesday it was an “absolute honor” to run for office. One of her goals was to work to protect the Medicare program, which was crucial to her mother when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Ghorbani earned the endorsement of the Salt Lake Tribune, which said she entered the race as a one-issue candidate on health care, but "has sophisticated understanding of a wide range of issues."

Ghorbani was among female candidates for office featured on the cover of Time magazine earlier this year.

She said in a statement on Wednesday she hopes to see policy decisions out of Washington that focus on growing the prosperity for working class Americans.

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“I’m certainly not done fighting for the little guy,” Ghorbani said.

 

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(Reach Amy Dalrymple at 701-250-8267 or Amy.Dalrymple@bismarcktribune.com)

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