Ten Indian-Americans score victories in state and local elections

New York: At least 10 Indian-Americans, almost all of them Democrats, have won local and state level elections held in several parts of the country, reflecting the growing political empowerment of the ethnic community that constitutes a little over one percent of the country’s population.

In Virginia, Hyderabad-born Ghazala Hashmi was re-elected to the State Senate for a third consecutive term. She was the first-ever Indian-American woman and a Muslim to be elected to the Virginia State legislation.

Suhas Subramanyam was re-elected to the Virginia State Senate. He was elected to the House of Delegates for two terms in 2019 and 2021. A former technology policy advisor in the White House during the Obama Administration, Houston-born Subramanian is the first Hindu to be elected to the Virginia House.

Business leader Kannan Srinivasan, who immigrated from India in the 90s, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from the India-American dominated Loudon County area. All the three winners in Virginia are from the Democratic party as are the three winners from New Jersey.

In Pennsylvania, Neil Makhija, a Democratic, won the coveted position of Montgomery County Commissioner, while Indian-American physician Dr. Anita Joshi won the West District seat for Carmel City Council seat in Indiana.

Makhija is the first-ever Indian American or AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) to serve on a county’s board of commissioners in the Commonwealth’s 342-year history. Dr Joshi is the only Democrat to have won in the Republican bastion.


Sen. Vin Gopal wins reelection for third term in N.J.


In New Jersey, Indian Americans Vin Gopal and Raj Mukherji, both from the Democratic Party, were elected to the State Senate. Indian-American Balvir Singh, a teacher, was re-elected to New Jersey’s Burlington County Board of County Commissioner.

Monmouth County Democrat Sen. Vin Gopal coasted to reelection in the 11th District Tuesday , nabbing nearly 60% of the vote over GOP candidate Steve Dnistrian and helping to flip control of both of the district’s Assembly seats for Democrats.

Gopal’s victory in this closely watched race came amid Republican attacks on his stances on offshore wind, and crime. His election to a third term in the state Senate dimmed GOP hopes that they could take control of the chamber.

“What we did tonight in Monmouth County is we drew political parties together to bring this massive landslide. If that doesn’t send a message to our opposition, I don’t know what will,” Gopal said to a crowd of about 300 supporters Tuesday night in Long Branch.

Gov. Phil Murphy also joined the festivities, whooping and cheering after the speeches wrapped up.

“You are rocking, baby!” Murphy told the crowd of energetic supporters.

Throughout the night, as it became clear Gopal would win, his supporters chanted, “Win with Vin!”

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