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Over 80 Indian Americans running for public offices for November elections

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Over 80 Indian-Americans are running for the mid-term elections in November with a majority of them contesting on a ticket, according to a former

Over 220 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are running for various offices in more than 30 states.

The mid-term elections will take place in the middle of Donald Trump's term. All 435 seats in the and 35 of the 100 seats in the US Senate will be contested. About 39 state and territorial governorships and numerous other state and local elections will also be contested.

An overwhelming majority of these candidates are running in the election on a ticket, and some seeking to enter the elected offices across the country from the

"Over 80 Indian-Americans are on the ballot this year," Gautam Raghavan, a former official, and now leading the recently founded said.

Raghavan made the announcement at a conference organised collectively by Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and leaders from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) political organisations.

"We have an unprecedented number of AAPI candidates. Over 50 that are running in congressional districts all across the country," said Congresswoman

"To ensure that we have the greatest impact AAPI political organisations will work to support these candidates and to maximize the turnout of the AAPI vote today," Chu said.

Simultaneously, 12 AAPI political organisations for the first time announced launching an for its political and election activity. This clearinghouse will provide a for candidates and voters to learn about opportunities to get involved in campaign activities and to find ways to support one another, Chu said.

Of the Indian Americans running for Congress, four of them are seeking re-election: and from California, from and Pramila Jayapal from

Prominent among Democrats seeking to enter the this year are Hiral Tipirneni from Arizona, from Maryland, from Colorado, from Ohio, Suraj Patel from New York, and from Republican is contesting from a Congressional seat in

Reflecting on such a large number of Indian Americans running for public offices, Raghavan said that the community has come a long way since six decades ago when Dalip became the first Indian American to be elected to the House of Representatives.

"But despite how far we've come in those 60 years; in a lot of ways, we find ourselves at a time that is very similar to the time that Congressman Saund lived in," he said.

"A time of rising racism, xenophobia and hate violence. A time in which a sitting US Congresswoman who also happens to be the first Indian-American woman elected to is questioned about her citizenship on national television," Raghavan said, asserting that it is time for the community to get off the sidelines and enter the game.

Shekar Narasimhan, of called for generating resources to elect as many candidates as possible.

"Why we are doing this. We must flip the House in 2018," he said.

"Elections continue to be won by the slimmest of margins and ensuring success requires candidates to get the 'margin of victory' votes. With the right investment and cultivation, we can ensure a sustainable majority," he asserted.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 10:50 IST