Darya is a lifelong resident of the 46th Legislative District, a first-generation Iranian-American woman, a 27 year old millennial, and a proud Democrat. She is by far the youngest candidate in this race, and at the same time the most qualified. Darya is the Public Policy Director at Disability Rights Washington, a private, non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. As a lobbyist she spends her time working directly with the state legislature on disability and civil rights issues. Her primary focus is the intersection of behavioral health, housing/homelessness, and the criminal legal system. She has years of experience working with different levels of government on different areas of policy through her time as Co-Chair of the Seattle Women’s Commission and Policy Chair of the Washington State Special Education Advisory Council.
Darya believes we need legislators who understand disability justice, reflect the lived experiences of our communities, and bring those most impacted to the decision making table. This is why she is running as a Democrat for the Washington State House of Representatives in the 46th Legislative District for Position 2. If elected, she will continue her work to divert people with behavioral health disabilities from the criminal legal system and institutions by providing meaningful treatment as soon as it's needed and long-term supportive housing. Darya would be proud to serve as the first millennial to represent the district and the first ever Middle Eastern Woman elected to the state legislature.