Of Over 100 Indian-American Candidates, About Two Dozen Win

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WASHINGTON – Of over 100 Indian-Americans who ran for office in national, state and local elections in the highly competitive midterm elections on Tuesday, two dozen candidates appear to have won their elections. Several additional races are still too close to call.

All four Indian American Members of the U.S. House of Representatives were re-elected.

“In the most high-stakes election cycle in recent memory, we are thrilled that all of our incumbents — including all four Indian American Members of the U.S. House of Representatives — were re-elected,” said Deepak Raj, co-founder of Impact and chair of the Impact Fund. “We also want to congratulate Josh Kaul on being elected Attorney General of Wisconsin, thus becoming the only Indian American to currently serve in statewide office, and the four new state legislators who will be the first Indian Americans to serve in the state legislatures of New York, Illinois, Kentucky, and Arizona.”

“Thanks to the talent of our candidates and generosity of our donors, Impact Fund was able to raise and deploy more funds for our candidates than any Indian American political organization in history,” said Raj Goyle, co-founder of Impact and a former member of the Kansas House of Representatives. “Today we celebrate, but tomorrow we get to work on 2019 and 2020.”

“Even though we weren’t able to win any new seats in Congress, we are tremendously proud of our candidates,” added Gautam Raghavan, executive director of Impact, “They each ran strong, smart, innovative campaigns and, as a result, outperformed recent challengers in their districts. We hope we’ll see them on the ballot again.”

A select list of non-incumbent challengers and election results can be found below courtesy of Indian American Impact Fund, which was founded in 2016 by Raj Goyle and Deepak Raj.

First Name Last Name State Level Office Party Results
Gayatri Agnew AR State Leg State House, District 93 D Loss
Chintan Desai AR Federal U.S. House, AR-01 D Loss
Anita Malik AZ Federal U.S. House, AZ-06 D Loss
Amish Shah AZ State Leg State House, District 24 D Win
Hiral Tipirneni AZ Federal U.S. House, AZ-08 D Loss
Anu Natarajan CA Local BART Board District 6 NP Loss
Sonia Aery CA State Leg State House, District 03 D Loss
Sanjay Patel FL Federal U.S. House, FL-08 D Loss
Aisha Yaqoob GA State Leg State House, District 97 D Loss
Megan Srinivas IA State Leg State House, District 09 D Loss
Ram Villivalam IL State Leg State Senate, District 08 D Win
Zahra Suratwala IL Local DuPage County Board, District 1 D Loss
Poonam Gill IN State Leg State House, District 88 D Loss
Nima Kulkarni KY State Leg State House, District 40 D Win
Shalini Bahl-Milne MA Local Amherst Town Council, District 5 NP Win
Padma Kuppa MI State Leg State House, District 41 D Win
Mujtaba Mohammed NC State Leg State Senate, District 38 D Win
Rupande Mehta NJ Local Morris County Freeholder D Loss
Shalini Gagliardi NJ Local Morris County Clerk D Loss
Jeremy Cooney NY State Leg State Senate, District 56 D Loss
Kevin Thomas NY State Leg State Senate, District 06 D Win
Aftab Pureval OH Federal U.S. House, OH-01 D Loss
Pavan Parikh OH Local Hamilton Cty Court of Common Pleas D Loss
Susheela Jayapal OR Local Multnomah Cty Commission, District 2 NP Win
KP George TX Local Fort Bend County Judge D Win
Alex Karjeker TX State Leg State House, District 129 D Loss
Sri Kulkarni TX Federal U.S. House, TX-22 D Loss
Juli Mathew TX Local Fort Bend Cty Court at Law No. 3 D Win
R.K. Sandill TX Statewide Texas Supreme Court NP Loss
Mona Das WA State Leg State Senate, District 47 D Too Close To Call
Josh Kaul WI Statewide State Attorney General D Win

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