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In 2004, Ferial Masry, born in Mecca, became the first Saudi American to run for political office in U.S. history. A recent immigrant and naturalized citizen with a heavy Middle Eastern accent, Masry made a spirited run for the California State Assembly seat in a staunchly Republican district, which sparked worldwide interest. She was ABC's Person of the Week, was interviewed by Peter Jennings, and made headlines in the "New York Times" and Associated Press. Against all odds, her grassroots campaign succeeded in winning the write-in vote, a historic victory for all Arab Americans."Running for All the Right Reasons" chronicles Masry's remarkable life, from her childhood in Mecca and her decision to immigrate to the United States to her career as an educator and her bold entry into the world of politics. Masry's story, as well as her passionate belief in democracy and commitment to her community, is the stuff of legends.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815609117
ISBN-10: 0815609116
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ferial Masry

Ferial Masry is currently running for California State Assembly in the 37th District. She teaches government and history at Cleveland High School in Los Angeles and has served on the boards of the Education Committee for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and of the National Women's Political Caucus, among others. Susan Chenard is an English professor at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut, and a freelance writer.