Keshkari said he has spent the last year talking with Californians about the challenges facing families, communities and small businesses across the state to determine how he can help give others the same opportunities America has given to his family.
“My conclusion: It will take a lot of work to turn California around, but we can absolutely do this. And we must,” he said.
Kashkari grew up in a middle-class household outside of Akron, Ohio. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering at the University of Illinois, he moved to California in 1998 to work as a design engineer at TRW in Redondo Beach.
He later earned his master’s of business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and returned to California to help Silicon Valley entrepreneurs raise capital to grow their companies and create jobs. Kashkari was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of Treasury in 2006 by former president President George W Bush.
When the financial crisis erupted, he worked to bring together lawmakers from both parties to write and pass landmark legislation to prevent widespread economic collapse. The program he implemented not only has recouped all the money spent, but also has made a $13 billion profit for taxpayers to date. To support his campaign, Kashkari also announced the formation of his finance committee. According to San Jose Mercury news, Keshkari could be the sort of new face that the California Republican Party needs as it tries to dig itself out of the electoral cellar. (PTI)