Idaho Medical Marijuana Act – Petition

The war on drugs has failed the American people. Not surprised the jail bond failed to pass. The people are woke and are demanding politicians listen and prioritize their needs over pharmaceutical, for profit prison & criminal justice system. Your vote this election was powerful & now your signature needs to be just as powerful! I am collecting signatures for the Idaho Medical Marijuana Act – Petition. This petition is being stereotyped by those who are completely out of touch with the level of medical and mental health related suffering in our community.

I am getting signatures in support of medical marijuana from every voter demographic, age, political and faith background of you can imagine. Marijuana is not the gateway, that arguments has been thrown out the window long ago. The real gateways are the cycles of violence, mental health, chronic poverty, childhood based abuse & trauma in our City, County and State. Come in and sign this petition for Twin Falls County at Ooh La La Boutique​ Medical marijuana is part of the solution, stop the reefer madness nonsense. #ProMedicalMarijuana #ThePeopleFirst #LegalizeIdaho #MedicalMarijuana #Petition


WOW ✌🏽🇺🇸 THANK YOU VOTERS! Beyond grateful for the overwhelming support, texts and calls!! I haven’t responded to your individual messages since being in the hospital last few days with my little girl. (she also had a little election party in her room 😊) Thank you for celebrating and honoring this amazingly exciting, diversely engaging and inspiring campaign we ran together. Extremely thankful to God for this beautiful life of freedom, the opportunity to run in elections and contribute to community & country. 🙏🏼

Many thanks to my family, treasurer Armand Eckert, campaign contributors, student volunteers and ambassadors. Thank you to the voters!! Especially the first time voters, I’m proud to have earned your first vote. Humbled and even more inspired after seeing that we doubled our votes since the last election and in case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t changed my platform, was not backed by any special interest group, PAC, major corporations or church.

This increasing, organic voter support for a candidate who is a refugee to Twin, small business owner, a woman of color, a single mother and is pro medical marijuana … is pretty badass to see. 🙌🏽 IMPRESSES & INSPIRED by how many votes we gained this election. Inspired by YOU. Thank you to each person who supported & amplified #ThePeopleFirst campaign 🇺🇸✌🏽🥰 we are just getting started. If I can run, so can you – if you want to know how, contact me. #inspired #local #election #energy #empower #engage #civicduty #thisisTwinFalls

Early Voting is October 21-Nov 1st #VoteBabayan #TwinFallsCityCouncil

Selfie with my first early voter today!!  Early voting started this week! Only about 2000 people vote in Twin Falls and decide on issues that affect our entire community. GO VOTE!! Early voting is Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Twin Falls County Building. You can register and vote right there same time. Love the photos sent to me. Thank you for supporting me #EarlyVoting #ThePeopleFirst #VoteBabayan #TwinFallsCityCouncilSeat4

Idaho Medical Marijuana-Act Petitions

We are ignoring the biggest threat to public health and safety in our community. The meth and opioid epidemic is spreading and destroying families in our community. The war on drugs has failed the American people. The status quo is to stigmatize, shame, criminalize instead of addressing the underlying factors. Learn more about my Healthy Community platform on and my commitment to working towards solutions. I am your only Twin Falls City Council candidate collecting signatures for the Idaho Medical Marijuana Act – Petition. Marijuana is not the gateway, that arguments has been thrown out the window long ago. The real gateways are the cycles of violence, mental health, chronic poverty, childhood abuse & trauma in our City, County and State. Meeting and talking to people in Twin Falls who live with chronic pain, or have loved ones suffering from chronic pain, epilepsy, Parkinson, immune disorders, chronic depression and PTSD – medical marijuana is part of the solution to these health conditions. We are getting signatures in support from every voter demographic, age, political and faith background of you can imagine. I am being upfront about where I stand on medical marijuana, you bet when the time comes I will vote YES!! We need a City Council that doesn’t suppress the vote of the people when medical marijuana passes statewide. Early Voting for TF City Council starts this Monday, Oct 21st, election day is Nov 5th – register and vote right there at the county building, then come sign this petition! #VoteBabayan #TwinFallsCityCouncilSeat4 #ProMedicalMarijuana #ThePeopleFirst #Idaho #MedicalMarijuana #Petition

Thank you for the Support!!

Love getting pictures like this from families support me for Twin Falls City Council.  Proud of how my campaign is connecting with people on real issues affecting our community. The most urgent issue, outside of the opioid/heroin/meth epidemic facing Twin Falls today is the housing crisis, specifically the gap in affordable housing for lower income families. Poverty and homelessness is on the rise in Twin Falls. Our most vulnerable living on fixed income, are our senior citizens, veterans and individuals with disabilities. These families face food insecurity, forced to choose between paying for medicine, heat or housing. We can do better, and must do better. Learn more about my Affordable Housing platform and keep sharing your photos with me!! Early voting starts Oct 21st, inside the TF County Building  #ThePeopleFirst #VoteBabayan #TwinFallsCityCouncil #Nov5th

Small Business Advocate

I can’t believe this moment and that I’m sitting here right now!! Completely honored to be invited to the “Women in Small Business Roundtable” with Sen. Risch and the National Women’s Business Council Small business is the heart and soul of middle class America. The NWBC is a federal advisory committee established to provide advice and policy recommendations to the U.S. President, Congress and the Small Business Administration on issues related to women’s business enterprise. Proud to influence policy changes, advocate and support the small businesses in rural America! Proud to represent small businesses in Twin Falls! Thank you Idaho Women’s Business Center for this incredible opportunity. 🙏🏼 #VoteBabayan #TwinFallsCityCouncil #smallbusinessowner #advocate #NationalWomensBusinessCouncil

Pizza & Politics at CSI Student Union

WOW!! What an exciting turn out of young voters supporting me for Twin Falls City Council. 💯🙌🏽 Democracy in Action! I love when they say “I finally feel there is a candidate who represents me that I can vote for.” Love that they are engaged and excited about their civic duty!! That is such an honor and responsibility for me to represent their authentic voices. Loved meeting each of you at Pizza and Politics at CSI today, and listening, listening and hearing the issues that matter to our younger demographic. Affordable Housing, Safe Community, Transportation, Diversity – among my focus platforms on Thank you for trusting me with your vote and voice!! #YoungVoters #ThePeopleFirst #VoteBabayan #Nov5th #CityCouncilElections Thank you CSI

I declare my candidacy for Twin Falls City Council Seat 4

I want our children to live in a Twin Falls like the one we grew up in. One that does not lose its small town values, small business, safe neighborhoods and accountability. Our city is growing too fast, without a supportive infrastructure or affordable housing to sustain all this growth. Tax payers are tired of picking up the tab of senseless government spending. We want to live in a city that makes sound, future proof economic and development decisions, is responsible stewards of the natural resources we are blessed with. We want to live in a Twin Falls that offers a pathways to a bright future for everyone, especially our youth.

My full platform is outlined under community issues. It is driven by prioritizing working-class values instilled by my parents: conservative spending, individual liberty, limited government, equality, dignity and respect of all people, regardless of their background.

and I am ready to earn your vote this Nov 5th. I will be your outspoken voice, wherever it is needed, putting the people of our community first.

Support me by, donating to become a campaign ambassador by volunteering, by hosting a meet and greet at your home, small business or civic group. Elections are this November 5th. Register to vote at #ThePeopleFirst #VoteBabayan #TwinFallsCityCouncilSeat4

Presenting my book “Liminal” in Congress

When you are invited to Washington D.C. to present your book in Congress. 🙌🏽 I am deeply honored to share my family’s genocide survivor story with members of Congress today. Wish me luck!! 🙏🏽 I wish my grandparents were alive to witness this day!! Meeting and presenting my testimony to Foreign Affairs Committee members today. I dedicate this day and my book “Liminal, a refugee memoir ” to the memory of my beloved Aunt Lola Ter Simonyan, murdered in the ethnic killings in Baku, Azerbaijan. I am grateful for this once lifetime opportunity. Proud to represent Twin Falls everywhere this book takes me. #proudmoment #Idaho #refugee #author #LiminalMemoir

Affordable Housing & Rental Crisis

I had the honor of meeting David and his caregiver today. They registered to vote for the first time and will be voting in this City Council election. 🙌🏽 He gave me permission to share his story. David is a single father of two, struggling to find affordable housing in Twin Falls. After surviving an accident leaving him paralyzed, he was overwhelmed with medical bills and finding a place to live. He has been on a waiting list for over two years!! Currently 90% of his disability check goes to rent an tiny apartment that is NOT accessible.

Each time you submit an application for housing it cost at least $25. How can someone on disability income afford these applications fees with $60 to survive with after paying rent? We need multi-income access to housing in Twin Falls for families on limited income, seniors, veterans and individuals living with disabilities. This housing crisis, price gouging, lack of housing options and homelessness is what many families in our community face.

Affordable housing is a priority issues for my Twin Falls City Council election. Read about my platforms on What David, veterans, seniors, and limited income families experience in TF housing is unacceptable. Every family deserves a decent place to live in, without choosing between rationing food, heat or medicine. #ThePeopleFirst #VoteBabayan #Nov5th #TwinFallsCityCouncilSeat4