|Virginia House of Delegates, District 13|
|High school||Parkville High School, 1996|
|Bachelor's||George Washington University, 2000|
|Master's||George Mason University, 2007; Strayer University|
Qarni was raised in Parkville, MD with his parents and his two brothers. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves after graduating from Parkville High School in 1996. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from George Washington University in 2000, and finished a master's degree in history from George Mason University in 2007. He also earned a master's degree in education administration from Strayer University.
Qarni teaches eighth grade mathematics at Beville Middle School in Prince William County. In 2003, Qarni was deployed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Qarni's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Jobs and Economic Growth
Excerpt: "Atif Qarni will ensure Virginia remains the best state for business. He supports giving Virginia companies first preference for state contracts so we don’t outsource. By strengthening our local economy, we’ll be able to create jobs and stabilize property values."
Excerpt: "As a Prince William County Public School teacher and a parent, Qarni knows how important it is to focus our resources on classrooms so we prepare our children for career success and build a highly skilled workforce that will lure businesses to Virginia."
Excerpt: "Qarni knows that improving our transportation infrastructure will reduce traffic congestion and ensure Virginia attracts companies that will create good jobs and strengthen our economy."
- Protecting Women's Health
Excerpt: "Qarni believes family planning decisions are personal, and not something government should be involved in. That’s why he’ll fight back Richmond politicians who target Planned Parenthood and restrict access to contraception, prenatal care and other basic health care services for women."
- Reducing Gun Violence
Excerpt: "Qarni will support passing common sense legislation to stop violent felons and the mentally ill from getting firearms."
Qarni ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 13. Qarni ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary. He was defeated by incumbent Bob Marshall (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Virginia House of Delegates, District 13 General Election, 2013|
|Republican||Bob Marshall Incumbent||51.3%||8,946|
Incumbent Bob Marshall (R), who ran for the Republican nomination to the United States Senate in both 2008 and 2012, authored the amendment to the Virginia Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman and faced a petition for his resignation after he made comments critical of women who undergo abortions. Although District 13 did yield 61 percent of the vote for Governor Bob McDonnell (R) in 2009, President Barack Obama (D) won 55 percent of the vote in 2012 from this district on the edge of Washington, DC's exurban area. Marshall's Democratic opponent, military veteran and mathematics teacher Qarni, won the support and resources of Democracy for America and opened a campaign office in the district in early August 2013. However, despite occasionally controversial comments, Marshall's base of support in the district was very strong.
Qarni and his wife, Fatima, have two children, Zane and Saber. Qarni lives in Manassas, VA. He has coached for the Greater Manassas Football League, the Manassas Park Youth Football League, the Northern Virginia Soccer League, and Track and Field at Fred Lynn Middle and Beville Middle Schools.
- The Muslim Link, "Math Teacher Running for VA House of Delegates," August 13, 2013
- Manassas Patch, "Bob Marshall Challenger Atif Qarni Opens Campaign Office in Manassas," August 6, 2013
- Bristow Beat, "Qarni Challenges Marshall as 'New Face' of 13th District," August 6, 2013
- Potomac Local, "Qarni Opens Campaign Office, Hopes to Unseat Marshall," August 5, 2013
- Manassas Patch, "Veteran Marine Challenges Bob Marshall For Delegate Seat," July 18, 2013
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- Campaign website
- Atif Qarni on Twitter
- Atif Qarni on Facebook
- Virginia Public Access Project profile
- Project Vote Smart Biography
- ↑ Virginia State Board of Elections, "2013 Official Candidates List for House of Delegates by District", Accessed July 11, 2013
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Qarni for Delegate, "About Atif," accessed August 27, 2013
- ↑ Qarni for Delegate, "Issues," accessed August 27, 2013
- ↑ Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
- ↑ Manassas Patch, "Bob Marshall Challenger Atif Qarni Opens Campaign Office in Manassas," August 6, 2013
- ↑ Democracy for America, "Qarni for Delegate," accessed October 3, 2013
- ↑ University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
- ↑ Politico, "Robert Marshall: ‘Sodomy not a civil right’," May 17, 2012
- ↑ VPAP, "House of Delegates District 13," accessed October 3, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Atif Qarni - Biography," accessed August 27, 2013
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