Former 'Miss Iraq' vies for Schiff's seat


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Sarah Idan, who represented Iraq at the "Miss Universe 2017" pageant, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Dec. 8, 2021.

(JNS) - First, she represented Iraq in the "Miss Universe" competition. Then she fled her country after posing for a selfie in 2017 with "Miss Israel." Now, Sarah Idan is running for California's 30th congressional district-the seat that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is vacating as he vies to replace the retiring Dianne Feinstein in the Senate.

"I'm running because this is a critical time in U.S. history when our democracy is fundamentally at stake," the Baghdad native, 33, told JNS. "I've always been passionate about human rights and making this world a better place."

At age 18 and a strong...

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