USINPAC applauds Indian-American candidates who ran for Office

Washington, DC. As Barack Obama - America's first African-American president - is elevated to the White House, and as he begins to write a new chapter in a long story that began in slavery and persecution, Indian-Americans as a community have continued to grow in their political participation, sophistication, and influence. 

"It is extremely heartening to observe every election cycle that more and more Indian-Americans run for elected office, contribute their time and money to campaigns, and are increasingly reached out to by those running for public office at all levels. We are very pleased to have supported a whole range of deserving Indian-American candidates and congratulate the winners but are equally proud of the ones who did not make it since this is the beginning of their campaign for victory," said Sanjay Puri, Chairman of the U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC). 

"USINPAC plays a vital role in providing a voice for the Indian-American community in the political process," said Swati Dandekar, the State Representative for Iowa House District 36. She made a successful bid to capture the State Senate District 18 seat vacated by retiring Republican Mary Lundby. She garnered 54.2 percent of the ballots, outpacing Republican Joe Childers by 3,229 votes in unofficial results. Dandekar said, "I have been associated with USINPAC for many years and I look forward to working with USINPAC in the years to come." 

"It's a little hard getting started in this business as an Indian-American running in Minnesota for federal office, but the help of USINPAC has assisted me in overcoming many initial obstacles and made this process that much easier," said Ashwin Madia, a first-time DFL candidate for the 3rd Congressional District in Minnesota who lost a close race for the open seat to State Representative Erik Paulsen (R). "For that, I am very grateful. I hope to continue my relationship with USINPAC." USINPAC enthusiastically supported this progressive candidate and we know that he will be back in public service. 

USINPAC has provided bi-partisan support to Indian-American candidates at the Federal, State and Local level since its inception. For more details visit: http://www.usinpac.com/indian_americans_candidates.asp

The U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the political voice of 2.5 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC provides bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information, go to http://www.usinpac.com/.



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