Board of Education Chair, Stonington, CT

From those first steps on American soil, Farouk Rajab has never stopped moving forward. His passion to create a new and better life for himself and his family was the momentum that carried him forward. Despite having a degree in finance and banking, his first job in the United States was as a hotel restaurant host. Year after year, he worked hard to provide a good life for his wife Dima and their three boys. Slowly, but with great determination, he moved his way up the corporate ladder to become an executive for one of New England’s most prominent hotel groups, including critical years as the general manager of the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa.

With his professional success, Farouk wanted to give back to the community that had welcomed him with open arms and had given him so much. His dedication to community led him to coach soccer and a prized “Coach of the Year” award. His dedication to community led him to run for office and to serve as Chair of the Stonington Board of Education.

Farouk’s dedication to his craft led him to the Chairmanship of the Connecticut Lodging Association and RI Hospitality Association, and to serve on many boards and commissions: the Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the advisory board for the CT Convention and Sports Bureau, the hospitality advisory board for Ella T. Grasso Technical School, the Stonington Community Center, Mystic River Boathouse Park Committee, and the American Cancer Society Leadership Council. In 2019, Farouk was appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo as a Rhode Island Commodore, Rhode Island’s highest honor, for his leadership in hospitality.

Farouk believes that the American Dream is not fully realized until you become a citizen of the great United States of America. He believes that your right to vote is the most honorable of rights and should always be exercised. Helping families and their children in the community navigate the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the driving force behind his time in elected office, and seeing the direct impact local officials have on the lives of families and children has led Farouk to want to want to serve the community more fully.

Farouk is running for State Senate to bring his successful business sense to Hartford, where he will focus on big issues like reducing taxes on middle class families, increasing the number of good-paying jobs, and allowing retirees to stay in Connecticut through innovative economic growth.

Farouk believes Connecticut’s fullest potential is yet to come.