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October 22, 2018

1. What experiences led you to public service?

My mother is a refugee. She fled Tibet when the Communist Chinese took over. She married my father in India and they immigrated to the U.S., specifically to Beavercreek, Ohio where I was born and raised. When I reflect back on their bravery, the courage that it must have taken, I’m just blown away. My own story -...

October 17, 2018

  1. What experience led you to public service?

My mother. Even as a young girl, I admiringly watched my mother’s genuine dedication to public service – pensive with ambitious optimism that I might someday emulate her community-oriented passion. She worked hard in the Cupertino public school system as a librarian, volunteer organizer, and fundraiser. Right...

October 9, 2018

1. What experience led you to public service?

It was my interest in public matters, public debate, and civic organizations and duties. I am a physician . I had served the community for 37 years. I touched many lives. The people responded back to me with kindness and respect.

2. What role has your south asian identity played in your political perspective?

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October 1, 2018

  1. What experience led you to public service?

        After the presidential election in 2016, I realized that more people like myself needed to run for office. We need diverse representation at all levels of government, and if I am able to run, I feel it is my responsibility to do so. Especially because of the events of the past year and a half....

September 24, 2018


 

  1. What experience led you to public service?

I first became involved with politics at a young age after seeing seeing the inequity between the my community and the neighborhood where I attended school. I grew up in a highly stratified area, and while being bused to school, I noticed that my school was located in a neighborhood that was significantly mo...

September 17, 2018

  1. What experience led you to public service?

Public service, in some form, has always been part of my life. I came to the U.S. at 16, to go to college. My parents used all of their resources to send me here. I’ve always felt so grateful, not only to them, but for the fact that my particular immigrant experience — arriving here speaking English, and by...

September 10, 2018

  1. What experience led you to public service?

My political interest leads back to the 2000 election cycle when I remember watching Bush and Gore go back-and-forth on who was winning. Ever since then politics has captivated me and I have wanted to be involved. I believe that it is through public service that one person can affect create systematic and inst...

September 3, 2018

  1. What experience led you to public service?

My family was never really involved in politics, and I myself didn’t get involved until the 2014 midterms. I was working for a non-profit whose Executive Director, Michelle Nunn, had resigned to run for an open Senate seat. I learned about politics through the job and encouraged my friends and family to vote,...

August 27, 2018

1. What experience led you to public service?

I was born in New Jersey to parents of Indian descent, and I moved to Tampa in 1998.  In high school, I was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” and that mantra propelled my goals for the future.  I graduated from Florida State University with a degree in English Literature & Political Science where I was awarded the Mi...

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