American Kurd running for US Congress

Steve (Raza) Tataii, an American Kurd, is an official candidate for the 2016 US Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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HONOLULU, United States (Kurdistan24) – Steve (Raza) Tataii, an American Kurd, is an official candidate for the 2016 US Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tataii told Kurdistan24 that he won a seat in US Congress in a 2010 special election. He was also a former candidate for the United States Senate in 2006 and US House in 2002.

The author of three books on the Iraq war, Kurds, and Kurdistan, as well as a long-time contributing writer for local and other media, Tataii is an independent conflict resolution consultant.

“My leadership will put in place a stronger, better, and more just system of government, be it in dealing with our state, the nation or the world,” Tataii told Kurdistan24.

“My lifetime observation, studies, and learning about our ‘world’ and its leadership shortcomings have trained me just for that,” he added.

Tataii has two degrees in Political Science & Math from the University of Hawaii, and another in Heavy Equipment Engineering gained on the mainland.

He was the legal counsel in election irregularity cases and has litigated cases in State Supreme Court, US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, US Supreme Court, and US House Committee on House Administration.

Tataii told Kurdistan24 that his focus will be on issues such as “insufficient budgets for IDPs (internally displaced persons) and war stricken refugees, for example, the 1.8 million in the Kurdistan Region.”

He believes international donations are not enough, and this has created a great economic pressure for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) national budget.

The KRG has been fully engaged in a war against the Islamic State (IS) and has been struggling to get more efficient weapons since 2014.

Tataii also mentioned the fact that Baghdad has refused to release the promised revenues to the KRG, which is focused on restoring peace and security in the region and the world.

“I hope I can win this election and accomplish the above outstanding tasks, but I need everybody’s vote and support,” he concluded.


Editing  by Karzan Sulaivany