Utah woman's run for Congress featured on TIME magazine cover
(KUTV) - Shireen Ghorbani made the cover of TIME magazine related to a feature article highlighting the grassroots movement increasing women running for office nationwide.
Ghorbani is running as a Democrat for U.S. Congress in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. Her candidacy is the first time she has ever filed for public office and said it was influenced in part from her participation in the protest marches by two million worldwide against President Donald Trump's first full day of tenure.
"After the 2016 election and the march, I started paying much closer attention to how my representative was voting on issues I care most about, and it seems like he is out of touch with Utah families," Ghorbani told 2News. "I look at my 3-year-old son every day and I'm not confident we have someone in DC who is working for his future."
Ghorbani is the wife of a former KUTV managing editor and known for being highly engaged in her local community.
She is a self-proclaimed "regular voter," and said she isn't unfamiliar with writing letters to representatives about issues important to her, which includes affordable health care sparked from her mother's death.
Ghorbani's mother died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 68 just before Trump's win, which caused her to reflect on her mom's passing when he took office.
“My mother worked her whole life as a schoolteacher to provide a stable home for me. When she got sick, we didn’t have to bankrupt her whole life to give her the care she needed thanks to health care. Every Utah man, woman, and child deserves the same,” Ghorbani stated in a press release.
The TIME article that shows that the number of Democratic women who are likely to challenge incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives is up nearly 350% from 41 in 2016, and expected to hit newsstands Friday.
Nearly 26,000 women have expressed interest in running for office across the nation in 2018, according to TIME.