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Utahns explain why they chose not to report their own assaults as Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces sexual misconduct allegations, (September 25, 2018)

The Democratic candidate for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District is one of a number of Utahns taking to social media with a hashtag that aims to explain the confusion, shame and fear that prevent many women from coming forward about their sexual assaults.

2nd Congressional Debate, Good4Utah (September 17, 2018)

Ghorbani on the other hand suggested the country needs to systematically look at healthcare in a different way. She said the Government should start using it's buying power to get cheaper prices on prescription drugs.

Democrat Closes to Within 11 Points, SLTrib (September 11, 2018)

Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said earlier polls showed that up to 30 percent of voters were undecided in that race, and “Ghorbani is starting to capture some of those ‘don’t knows,’” while Stewart’s support appears static.

My Turn: I am on the side of working families, The Spectrum (August 20, 2018)

"I will prioritize working families. The well-being of everyday people is a greater priority for me over the billions in corporate welfare we've given out in the last two years."

CD 2: After Losing Her Mom To Cancer, Shireen Ghorbani Runs For Congress To 'Save Medicare', KUER Interview (August 14, 2018)

"The truth is that many more of us, no matter what our party, are voiceless in the entire process from campaign to policy unless we are able to cut big checks. I’m ready to stand up to corruption. On Nov. 6, let’s vote our values of honesty, integrity and moral leadership."

Utahns need a representative who stands against corruption, The Salt Lake Tribune op-ed (August 5, 2018)

"The truth is that many more of us, no matter what our party, are voiceless in the entire process from campaign to policy unless we are able to cut big checks. I’m ready to stand up to corruption. On Nov. 6, let’s vote our values of honesty, integrity and moral leadership."

Inside Utah Politics, Interview (August 5, 2018)

"If we allowed Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate drug prices at the federal level, you and I as taxpayers would be spending less. That is something that Trump campaigned on and I support that, but we can't get it done. Congress won't do it and are tabling it. We're not even going to talk about it until after the midterms, and that's not the right decision for our dollars," said Ghorbani.

We agree on much more than we think, The Deseret News op-ed (August 4, 2018)

"The greatness of this country is captured in that moment where a Democrat and Republican can converse on the issues that matter most and find common ground. ...Where we come together in times of need, not fall back on rhetoric of how divided we all are. When honest questions get honest answers, every time."

Shireen Ghorbani makes appeal to Southern Utah voters, St. George News (July 22, 2018)

"The differences between her and Stewart, she said, is she’s “people-powered.” Her campaign is funded by over 2,200 donors. “Chris Stewart largely has a lot of corporate backing,” she said. “A really big difference is that I’m not accepting corporate PAC dollars. I’m accepting donations directly from people.”"

In her bid to unseat Rep. Chris Stewart, Democrat Shireen Ghorbani is finding that many voters don’t even know the name of their congressman, The Salt Lake Tribune (July 8, 2018)

One voter she talked to in Tooele on Saturday was Bethany Pfeiler, a Republican. After Ghorbani asked about her concerns and listened for a few minutes, Pfeiler gave her a hug. “I think she was awesome and kind,” Pfeiler said. “I’ve never had anyone come to the door and listen to me like that before.”

I have a pre-existing condition, The Spectrum op-ed (June 21, 2018)

"There are a number of solutions, both immediate and long-term, that would start to move us towards affordability and increased access to health care, and I’m open to finding solutions that work."

A Future of More Suffering and Less Care, Deseret News op-ed (June 11, 2018)

"Here is my vision for the future. It’s one where Utahns are able to strike out and start new businesses because they aren’t worried about lacking health insurance...It’s a future with less suffering and more care."

A high cost to keeping Utah children poor and hungry, Salt Lake Tribune commentary (May 20, 2018)

"SNAP is good for families and good for our communities. I’ve found our representative is out of touch with the experience of everyday Utahns, particularly children. The impact of poverty on children is uniquely devastating and destructive. Make no mistake, there is a very high cost to keeping children poor and hungry."

I Want Her Job: Interview with Shireen Ghorbani. (Apr. 13, 2018)

"I got into this race because of my own story. What has surprised me and keeps me going are the deeply personal stories of heartbreak and triumph Utahns share with me nearly every day."

The Doug Wright Show on KSL Radio. (Apr. 10, 2018)

Deseret News: Op-Ed. Time for elections to be decided by the people. (Apr. 6, 2018)

It is time to ensure that our elections are decided by the people, by you — not corporate donors, billionaires or foreign governments. I don’t want to see what “surprises” Congress allows to influence our elections. I want to protect them.

Salt Lake Tribune: Commentary. What lawmakers have done to our public lands is monstrous. (Mar. 11, 2018)

Unlike the incumbent of the 2nd Congressional District, I’m not funded by extractive industries, nor have I worked for their interests as he has. I do not stand to gain financially from the sell-off of our lands, and I do not believe that our shared American heritage of these public and wild spaces should be sold off to serve the interests of the few.

Deseret News: Op-Ed. Freedom to feel safe in our communities (Feb. 15, 2018)

I spent hours answering calls on sexual assault crisis lines as a graduate student. In my training, I was taught to answer the phone with a simple “hello,” because we had no way of knowing if the person dialing was the one seeking services or their abuser checking the phone calls of the individual seeking help. 

KSL: Utah candidate part of record number of women running for office (Jan. 31, 2018)

Access to affordable health care is a top priority for Ghorbani, who officially filed her election paperwork in September. Ghorbani insists that designing a health care system that gives access to affordable care will solve a host of problems facing the country — and Utah in particular.

Salt Lake Tribune, Commentary: Dreamers are Americans waiting for solutions (Jan. 27)

Dreamers are Americans waiting for solutions. We are all Americans waiting for solutions. I was lucky enough to hit the jackpot to be born as an American, and you know what? I took my mom’s words to heart and every day I’m paying it forward, so that each and every child across this great nation who works hard every day can get ahead. 


Cover of Time Magazine (Jan. 18, 2018)

A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office

'Every Woman Has a Story.' How Women Are Turning Their Rage Into Political Action

"These women-led protests and movements and the elevating of discourse about harassment and sexual violence against women are definitely connected," says Shireen Ghorbani, a 36-year old communications professional who plans to run for Congress in Utah’s 2nd district. "We have to create more space where women are in decision making rooms."

Utah woman's run for Congress featured on TIME magazine cover - KUTV

Bad for St. George

When Rep. Chris Stewart voted for the dubiously-named Tax Cut and Jobs Act, he voted against affordable housing. This bill is bad for business and bad for St. George. This community urgently needs solutions to affordable housing, not more roadblocks.

Commentary: Utah’s Rep. Stewart still not doing enough to protect women

Stewart’s record is lacking in both government transparency and legislation that supports women.

New York Magazine: The Cut

What’s the fastest way to fix a broken system? Take it over, say the record number of female candidates running for office in 2018 for the first time.