Not only is Melahat a force to reckoned with, she is a warm and genuine person who makes every single volunteer or donor feel welcome and appreciated.
Best Political Player - 2010
It's takes a powerful person to silence big-mouth local GOP hack Jon Fleischman, but during political debates on Rick Reiff's KOCE-TV show, Inside OC, Melahat Rafiei pulls it off. The unapologetically progressive, always-energetic Rafiei, who has served as the director of the Orange County Democratic Party, nowadays runs her own campaign firm. She seems to be mastering the art of grassroots campaigning, and she's not afraid of uphill battles: Her client is Beth Krom, the Irvine city councilwoman challenging incumbent Congressman John Campbell in the Irvine-based, Republican-loaded district.
Melahat does six impossible things before breakfast every single day. She is an amazing woman and I am proud to be called her friend.
Melahat Rafiei is one of the best political players that we have on our side. Congratulations Mel, you and your team always amaze and inspire.
It's about time Melahat got some recognition for all the dedicated and grueling work she has done for so many here in OC, bravo! She has my respect as a mover & shaker indeed!
Joanne Abu Qartoumy