Ammar Campa-Najjar is a Democrat running to retire Rep. Duncan Hunter in California’s 50th Congressional District. Of Mexican and Middle Eastern heritage, Ammar was born in San Diego’s East County and lived in Gaza for four years as a child before his family moved to San Diego to flee violence in the region. Because of these experiences, Campa-Najjar approaches issues of importance to J Street with a unique perspective.
Campa-Najjar served in the White House during the Obama Administration before working at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Ammar is deeply committed to achieving peace in the region–especially for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine–and he sees an important role for US involvement in this process. He believes deeply in the importance of ensuring security for both Israel and the Palestinian people, and he understands that the two-state solution is the only path to long-term security in the region.