About Liyah Babayan

Vote Liyah Babayan for Twin Falls City Council Seat 4

Local small business owner and author Liyah Babayan is most known for her community service, advocacy and leadership. Surviving religious persecution and ethnic killings, her family arrived in Twin Falls as refugees in 1992. Liyah watched her educated parents tirelessly work two full time jobs each and struggle to learn English, to rebuild their life in the United States from absolutely nothing. Homelessness and extreme poverty is a struggle Liyah lived and understands first hand. To help her family out, Liyah started working at the age of 13 until she graduated from Twin Falls High School. This old-fashioned work ethic became the guiding principle for her life and service to community.

Supporting herself through university, Liyah studied political and military science at Southern Oregon University and U.S. history at College of Southern Idaho. From a young age she loved the hustle and free market spirit of the American Dream. An entrepreneur at heart, at 22 years old Liyah took a leap of faith. Launching her business Ooh La La Boutique, during the peak of the economic recession, cultivated her resourcefulness and smart budgeting practices. She understands the critical role small businesses hold in the local economy and understands just how excessive government bureaucracy, red tape and overreaching regulations hurt local businesses.

Under Liyah's direction, Ooh La La became a platform for influencing betterment in the Magic Valley by raising resources for various groups. Liyah supports causes near and dear to her including mental health, senior citizen resources, domestic violence prevention, civil and human rights, education, addiction recovery and awareness, small business development, cultural integration of refugees and human trafficking awareness.

Volunteering on various city and civic commissions, Liyah served seven years on T.F. Park and Rec. Commission and Main Street Redesign Committee in 2016, part of Urban Renewal project advisory. Liyah is the outspoken voice, demanding accountability to the tax payers and taking a courageous stand on issues affecting the residents of Twin Falls. Championing education, she served as a School Board of Trustee for our Twin Falls School District, working on budgeting, building schools, and hiring a new superintendent. Liyah volunteered with The Salvation Army for over 20 years and currently serves on the TSA Advisory Board. She comes from a military family, Liyah and her son are proud members of the local Magic Valley POW/MIA chapter.

Her leadership style is transparent, effective, considerate and dependable. As a mother, she understands parents and the concern for their children to grow up in a safe and healthy community. Liyah delivers a unique background, voice and perspective to strategic plans, budgeting, policy, and decision making. In 2018, Liyah was a recipient of the Idaho's Hometown Hero Award. In 2017, she was honored with the Idaho Civil Rights Service Award. Liyah was recognized as one of 2015 Idaho's Women of the Year by Idaho's Business Review. Following the publishing her book "Liminal, a refugee memoir," in November 2018, she was invited to tour and speak to civic groups, universities, service organizations, churches throughout the United States and policy makers in Congress.

There is a huge difference between being elected and getting things done. Liyah Babayan gets things done! Service to community is the consistent theme of her life and career for the last 20 years in the Magic Valley. Representing the needs and concerns of 'The People First' is Liyah's number one priority as she advocates for a more transparent, accountable, and responsible local City Council!