Note: Represent Me Az has decided that we as an organization no longer support providing this candidate access to voters. However, as per our mission, we want you to decide for yourselves. First, you will find disturbing documentation of this candidate attempting to cover up rape allegations in his past. Then links to video of him attempting to deny anything of note happened. It is his inability to address the allegations and evidence with any semblance of responsibility and evidence of growth that prompts us to withdraw support for his campaign. Victims of assault deserve no less, regardless of what “really happened” in 2007. See our official press release and read our response to concerns on Facebook.
We can report that the initial research was done by a small group of regular voters, both men and women, Republican and Democrats, who looked into the backgrounds of all candidates, even those they liked. This was not a targeted mission. When they found something, they let Joe Ferguson of the Arizona Daily Star know, and he did the research and obtained the documents. No one knew how explosive this would become, nor how poorly it would be handled.
Court documents (obtained by Joe Ferguson AZ Daily Star)
Joe’s Article that got the ball rolling.
Video of the brief initial press conference. Please note the chanting started as he left the room without answering questions.
There are other videos of the ensuing chaos. Here is another reporter’s account.
Here is a very complete accounting By Dylan Smith for Tucson Sentinel
Now read the original official statement of this candidate below and you decide.
Yahya Yuksel, J.D. LL.M.
A Life Dedicated to Public Service.
Yahya is a lifelong Democrat, running for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s 2nd District. Yahya is an international attorney, born and raised in CD2. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in business marketing and a Juris Doctorate in law, and a Masters in Chinese law from China’s top University.
Yahya is not new to politics. When he was just 14 years old, he and his friend co-founded TeenDemocrats, organizing youth groups to campaign for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid. Following Kerry’s defeat, Yahya and his friends continued pushing the youth agenda, including the establishment of a Teen Court in his high school and volunteering at soup kitchens. After high school, Yahya interned for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, in that time he had the opportunity to hear the many voices of CD2 constituents regarding an array of issues and challenges. Afterward, he served as the youngest Chairman of the City of Tucson Human Relations Commission, promoting and funding social diversity and non-profit initiatives in the Tucson community, and served as the Co-Chair for Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich’s successful 2009 re-election campaign.
Yahya became the first UofA law student approved to complete an international dual degree program in coordination with Tsinghua University in Beijing. Upon graduation, he was offered an opportunity to become the first American to work in a local Chinese Ministry of Commerce as a licensed Foreign Expert on International Investment. Yahya had unique access to the inner workings of Chinese investment strategies and government processes for the Pearl River Delta region of South China. After serving his term, he accepted a position with an American investment consulting firm, traveling across Asia promoting cross-border investment. During his time abroad, Yahya coordinated development projects with international organizations, Ministers of State, and high net worth individuals to promote the rule of law and internationalization of investment infrastructure.
Yahya has a passion for service to humanity. He wants to use his education along with his local and international experience to better our communities and the Nation.