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An Iranian deputy governor in Washington

Cyrus HabibICCNC:Cyrus Habib, a Democratic state senator from Bellevue, was leading Tuesday in the lieutenant governor’s race over Republican Marty McClendon, a talk-show host and conservative pastor from Gig Harbor.

Seattle times in news announced:

Cyrus Habib, a Democratic state senator from Bellevue, claimed the state lieutenant governor’s office over Republican Marty McClendon, a talk-show host and conservative pastor from Gig Harbor.

The victory makes Habib the nation’s highest-ranking Iranian-American elected official. An attorney, he lost his eyesight to childhood cancer.

Habib had 56 percent of the vote counted Tuesday and had claimed 73 percent in King County.

Brad Owen, in the post for 20 years, is retiring. The job mainly entails filling in when the governor is out of state and presiding over the state Senate.

On the other hand,  Cyrus Habib in his personal website has Commended of the citizens and the people who voted for him:

He wrote:I’m excited to announce my campaign for the position of Lieutenant Governor of Washington State!

It has been a profound privilege representing the people of the 48th District in the State Senate, and, before that, in the State House of Representatives. I have used my time in the State Legislature to champion policies addressing the opportunity gap, income inequality, and climate change, to ensure that we leave this state and all its residents with more and better opportunities and a higher quality of life. Now I am running for Lieutenant Governor to continue this important work on behalf of all Washingtonians, to lead the State Senate in a more collaborative direction, and to use the office to reach out to communities in every part of the state.

Losing my eyesight to cancer as an eight-year-old taught me the importance of hard work and creative solutions. And that’s precisely what the people of Washington State need in their next Lieutenant Governor, someone who will work tirelessly and embrace innovation so that the Legislature can finish its work on time, pass budgets that meet our constitutional and moral obligations, and function in a less partisan fashion.

I would appreciate the opportunity to hear from you about how the State can better create opportunities for you and your family. I will be traveling around the state from now until Election Day meeting with as many people as possible. I am also posting my email address and phone number so that you can reach out to me directly with your ideas or concerns.

Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to earn your vote!