Lieutenant Governor Candidate Cameron Gharabiklou Impresses at Young Invincibles’ Debate

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Young Invincibles’ State of California Millennials Summit hosts lieutenant governor candidate debate; millennial candidate Cameron Gharabiklou makes mark, outshines rival candidates

As the June 5th primary election nears, 11 California lieutenant governor candidates are vying for a first or second place finish, which would solidify their advancement to the November general election.

One of those lieutenant governor candidates, San Diego-based attorney and small business owner Cameron Gharabiklou, recently went head to head with three of his rivals, Gayle McLaughlin, David Hernandez and David Fennell, during the Young Invincibles’ State of California Millennials Summit.

Gharabiklou, the only millennial candidate in the race, was able to identify with the attendees on issues like the student loan crisis and fighting back against the Trump administration.

Gharabiklou said he is running what he calls a “next-generation political campaign,” and says that many of his fellow millennial candidates are doing the same.

“We didn’t pay for a pricey campaign consultant to tell us what to say, and you won’t see a bunch of invasive flyers with my face on them in your mailbox,” said Gharabiklou. “And I am proud to say I am the only democratic candidate not taking corporate, PAC or special interest money,” something that he says, resonates with young, progressive voters.

Gharabiklou is just one of several young hopeful democrats contending for elected positions in California. Others include 33 year-old Vivek Viswanathan, running for State Treasurer, and Ryan Khojasteh, running for congress who will barely make the age requirement, turning 25 years of age in November, just five days before the election.

Polling shows that voters are expected to turn out in high numbers for the June primaries, an election that is typically considered low-interest. How many of those will be millennial voters, voting for a millennial candidate, remains to be seen.

“Yes, our campaign message seems to resonate with millennials,” said Gharabiklou. “But the issues and values that define our campaign are not age, gender or race specific. We are all just Californians, trying to ensure our California values lead us and the nation forward.”


About the Young Invincibles’ State of California Millennials Summit:
The State of California Millennials Summit was held on April 28, 2018 at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif., and was hosted by the Young Invincibles. The event serves as a vital forum for young adults, elected officials, and thought leaders from across California to address the critical issues facing the young adult community and to develop solutions to these problems. The summit featured a civic engagement panel of young adult elected leaders from throughout our state, discussion on equity in California, breakout sessions on health care advocacy, student data reform, and closing the skills gap in the workforce, as well as a lunchtime town hall with Lt. Governor candidates. (This information was taken from the Young Invincibles website.)

About Cameron For California:
Cameron Gharabiklou is a 2018 democratic candidate for California lieutenant governor. More information is at Follow the Cameron for California campaign on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
(Gharabiklou is pronounced, Gare-ah-bick-loo)

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