For Immediate Release: January 25, 2018

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2018
State Senate Candidate Zahra Karinshak Shatters Georgia Fundraising Record

State Senate Candidate Zahra Karinshak has raised more money at this point in her campaign than any other legislative candidate in Georgia history. The Air Force veteran and former federal prosecutor is working to represent State Senate District 48, which includes Berkeley Lake, Duluth, Johns Creek, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Suwanee, and parts of Alpharetta. Her candidacy has attracted over $135,000 in donations, a record breaking sum so early in the campaign cycle.

A 23-year-resident of Lawrenceville, Karinshak attended the United States Air Force Academy where she was a soaring flight instructor and then served as an intelligence officer during the first Gulf War. After her military service, Karinshak returned home to Georgia to attend Emory University School of Law. Karinshak’s service continued throughout her career as an attorney to include clerking for a federal judge and serving as counsel to Governor Roy Barnes. As a federal prosecutor, Karinshak worked to bring justice to victims of human traffickers and child predators. Today, Karinshak represents government whistleblowers, saving taxpayers millions while promoting transparency and exposing corruption.

“I am humbled by the incredible support and enthusiasm for my candidacy,” Karinshak said. “Growing up in rural Georgia, I learned the values of integrity, hard work, respect, and service. These values will guide my leadership in the Senate and I will work hard every day to make the district proud. Extreme partisanship and divisive rhetoric have plagued our political system for too long. I want to change that.” While recognizing this early success, Karinshak stresses that there is still much work to be done and more financial support will be needed to run a campaign that reaches all the people of the district.

Karinshak is the mother of two daughters. Her husband, Bruce, and five of their siblings are also military veterans. She is active in her church and in various charitable activities in the community.


Miko Dougherty