Along with the US Congressional midterm elections, elections were held within the administrations in the states. Although it was talked about that the Republican senatorial candidate Mehmet Öz from Pennsylvania lost the election, many Turks entered the elections in the local governments.
Seven Turks entered the by-elections, and only two Turks won the elections.
Ali Paksoy from the Republican Party was elected as a district judge in North Carolina, while Onur Arugaslan was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Mattawan Education Council in Michigan.
Veysel Dokur, the Florida state senatorial candidate from the Democratic Party; Erim Sarinoğlu, the candidate for judge in the state of Tennessee; Ajlan Kurdoğlu, the Arizona state parliamentary candidate from the Democratic Party; and Tayfun Selen, the Republican Party's parliamentary candidate from New Jersey, all lost the election.
Lauren Arıkan, married to Turkish Yusuf Arıkan of Maryland, was reelected as Maryland state deputy. The number of Turkish friendship group members in the US Congress is eighty-eight.
The following are the Turks who previously served in US local governments by election or appointment:
John Alpay, Budget and Finance Committee, California
Kemal Bozkurt, education, Massachusetts
Esin Busche, accommodation, Illinois
Hacıbey Çatalbaşoğlu, education, Connecticut
Jay 'Ceyhun' Karahan, judge, Texas
Ali Paksoy, judge, North Carolina
Aysha Sawa, registrar, Milwaukee
Tayfun Selen, mayor, New Jersey
Malik Tunador, city councilman, Pennsylvania
Dr. Erdem Ural, education, Massachusetts
Sel Yackley, education, Illinois
Mehmet 'Matt' Yar, education, New Jersey
Hüseyin Bayram, deputy mayor, New Jersey
Derya Taşkın, deputy mayor, New Jersey
Halil Süleyman Özerden, judge, Mississippi
Some members of Congress have Turkish ties.
Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen's grandfather was Turkish-born. North Carolina's Congressman Virginia Foxx's son-in-law is Turkish, and her two grandchildren are Turkish American.
- Published in Politics1