Parshan’s campaign for the Laguna Hills City Council is rooted in his own story and upbringing as a first-generation immigrant and a refugee from a working-class background. From working 30+ hrs/week while pursuing his education and learning English, to becoming the policy director of a national education nonprofit and a young businessowner with several awards of distinction at the state and national level, Parshan has had to navigate many challenges on his road to the American Dream. His experiences with poverty, basic needs insecurity, culture shock, and mental and physical health issues have prepared Parshan for this moment, as he vies to represent the City of Laguna Hills.
Parshan believes the key to upward mobility and protecting the middle class is a strong workforce protected by unions and empowered by educational advancement, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Meanwhile, Parshan also believes in a city that works for everyone, regardless of age, accessibility challenges, or health needs. That’s why Parshan’s top priorities for Laguna Hills are to establish a Disability Advisory Commission, increase arts and education resources, and bring more businesses to drive economic development. Parshan also believes it is our duty as policymakers to place climate justice at the center of the policy agenda, which is why he will make sure Laguna Hills fully enforces the safety element increasing drought resiliency and wildfire preparedness. Most of all, Parshan believes in centering community voices in policy and is committed to doing just that as the next councilmember for the City of Laguna Hills.