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Local Person Of The Week: Rep. Raumesh Akbari

She entered the political arena when she campaigned to fill a vacant state legislature seat. That victory in the November 2013 election made her the younge...
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She entered the political arena when she campaigned to fill a vacant state legislature seat.

That victory in the November 2013 election made her the youngest state representative in Tennessee.

She was instrumental in bringing Hillary Clinton to Memphis last fall and this week she was invited to the Democratic National Convention to speak on Clinton’s behalf.

That makes Tennessee Representative Raumesh Akbari our Local Person of the Week.

“Please welcome State Representative Raumesh Akbari from Tennessee.”

And with that introduction, Rep. Raumesh Akbari of the 91st District of Tennessee was thrust into the national political spotlight.

“I am thrilled to join you here in Philadelphia. It is my honor to serve as the youngest member of the Tennessee General Assembly representing the fighting 26 Tennessee House Democratic Caucus.”

“She again has made me so proud. I can’t be proud anymore,” said Hooshang Akbari.

While Rep. Akbari was representing at the DNC, her father and twin sister were watching from east Memphis and beaming with emotion.

“Actually, I started a group in college like Raumesh for President. I didn’t think it was going to go that far, but I knew she was going to do something and I knew she was going to do something great,” said twin sister, Raumin Akbari.

Representative Akbari’s work for her community earned her the National Juvenile Justice Reformer Award this week.

“To see someone like a Rep Akbari who epitomizes the best there is in ideas, in intelligence, in youthfulness, in being involved and being concerned and dealing with the same issues that we were dealing with when we were her age, it is so inspiring and so encouraging,” said Rep. Johnnie Turner.

Representative Akbari returns from Philadelphia today.