Souraya Faas, an American of Syrian origin, has filed her candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
Although she was a Republican, she said she preferred to run as an independent due to the difficulty in attaining party consensus on a particular candidate.
Faas was born in 1981 in New York to her Syrian father Michael Faas, who migrated from Aleppo in 1971, and to her mother Dolly, who moved to the United States in 1981 from Venezuela.
Faas says her top priority is maintaining U.S. national security.
She holds a degree in political science and a minor in international relations, with a certification in European studies.
She has worked in education for 15 years.
This article was first published in Arabic.