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Seattle is mosaic of cultures and diverse communities, with an endless supply of inspiring tales to share. Community Stories presents this rich tapestry -- the people, the neighborhoods, the communities, relevant issues, cultural traditions and rich histories that make each of us unique. Learn more about your neighbors on Community Stories.

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Community Stories: Cyrus Habib – From Braille to Yale
Community Stories: Cyrus Habib – From Braille to Yale
8/23/201814:31

The experience of losing his eyesight to cancer at age 8 led Cyrus Habib on a path to help others. Elected lieutenant governor of  Washington in 2016 at the age of 35, Habib is both the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States. The son of immigrant parents, Habib hopes to serve as a symbol for immigrant communities and a champion for inclusion. The Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law grad shares his personal journey to public service - which included serving in the state House and Senate - the role of lieutenant governor and the technological innovations that help him preside over the state Senate.



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