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A stubborn independent streak guides Sobhani


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Published on: Thursday, October 11, 2012

By Daryl Buchanan

MONTGOMERY COUNTY-More than likely a race for public office is represented by two individuals, one democrat and one republican. Well a Montgomery County resident is running as an independent for the U.S. Senate. He’s hoping his new ideas will attract voters in November.

Rob Sobhani has been crisscrossing the state of Maryland with what he considers fresh ideas and a new opportunity for Maryland voters to help bring about real change to the state this fall. Sobhani says his campaign around the state have unearthed a grim atmosphere for many.

“We’re seeing a lot of frustrated people. A lot of people frustrated with the way the government is run. There is a lot of unemployment in Baltimore, Prince Georges County, and in Montgomery County,” said Sobhani. “Many people feel the system isn’t working for them and are frustrated with leaders who aren’t producing.”

Locally Sobhani says he has been hearing a lot of Montgomery County residents concerned about the federal budget and how it would balanced. Talk of closing departments within the government could cost many people their jobs. Sobhani says he considers closing departments an unacceptable solution.

“We shouldn’t balance the federal budget on the backs of federal employees. Instead of balancing the budget through cuts we can develop Maryland into the ideal destination for cancer treatment. With a $500 million investment from global non-profits going to Johns Hopkins, NIH, and the University of Maryland,” said Sobhani. “That investment will create jobs in the state, raise money, and also continue research for cancer.”

Sobhani’s website carries a slogan of sorts, “Declare Your Independence,” as an independent he realizes that the road to a Senate seat is not easy. But Sobhani thinks his new ideas and fresh perspective are needed and are what his opponents lack.

“It’s very difficult running as an independent. The system is set up against independents. It’s been difficult to set up debates against my opponents. Cardin and Bongino won’t debate me. I think they are afraid of new ideas and they don’t have any constructive ideas,” said Sobhani. “It’s also difficult to attract some voters who have been long time supporters of one party or another. It’s been tough but I think we are making progress.”

The support Sobhani says is coming from young people, women, and minorities. Sobhani says many of those voters have expressed anger with the political process and the lack of hope to be engaged in it.

Sobhani went on to say African-Americans have been heavily supportive in areas like Baltimore where poverty and unemployment is especially high. “I see a lot of unkept promises but also a lot of potential in Maryland. Whether it’s western Maryland, the eastern shore, Montgomery County or Prince George’s people are fed up and I think they want a new approach to the way things are done,” said Sobhani.

With a campaign heavily reliant on social media and broadcast ads Sobhani is happy with the recent poll numbers. In a unique aspect to his campaign Sobhani has signed a pledge to not run again if he can’t raise $5.5 billion for the state.

Sobhani said he wanted to hold himself accountable but is also confident he can achieve the ambitious goal.

“If I don’t win the election my concerns will be with the people I’ve met. Whether they are in Cumberland, Hagerstown, or Baltimore I think those people that are struggling will lose. They need an advocate in office that will help them. To serve in a public office position means you serve the people,” said Sobhani.

For more information on Sobhani’s campaign visit www.sobhaniformaryland.com. 

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