Khanna has not only raised a record amount of fund, but has also taken services of the victory team of the Obama’s reelection campaign. The 17th Congressional District has gained added attraction as another Indian-American Vanila Mathur Singh, an associate professor at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, has entered the fray from the Republican Party.
While Singh has little chance of winning the seat, this would be for the first time that two Indian-Americans are contesting against each other from one Congressional seat. Upendra Chivukula, the first Indian-American lawmaker in the New Jersey State Assembly, this month announced his intention to try his luck for US House of Representatives from 12th Congressional District of New Jersey, which is being vacated by his own party colleague Rush Holt. Chivukula would have to win the Democratic primary this summer to bag the party’s ticket for November elections. He had lost the 2012 House elections from a different seat.
Never Give says the Iraq war veteran Manan Trivedi, who has announced to contest for the third consecutive House of Representatives election from sixth Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Republican leader Paul Ryan, who was the VP candidate in the 2012 elections, is receiving a serious challenge from Indian-American Amerdeep Kaleka, from the first Congressional district of Wisconsin. Kaleka is son of the president of Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Satwant Kaleka, who was shot dead by a white supremacist in a Gurdwara shootout in 2012. Swati Dandekar, the first Indian-American to be elected to Iowa House of Representatives in 2002, is seeking to enter the House of Representatives from the first Congressional District of Iowa. She has received quite a support from Indian Americans. Indian-American Manju Goel is seeking election on a Republican ticket from eighth Congressional district of Illinois. (PTI)