More than four-fifths of Indian Americans running for offices this year are Democrats

By AB Wire | April 26, 2018

Research by the Indian American Impact Fund reveals that of the 88 candidates, 82 percent are Democrats and 13 percent Republicans.

More than four-fifths of Indian Americans running for various local, state-wide and federal officers are Democrats, according to research by a group promoting candidates from the community.

The Indian American Impact Fund said that 82 percent of the 88 Indian Americans that are running for offices are Democrats, while only 13 percent are Republicans. Five percent of the candidates are independents, according to the group. Only four Indian American candidates are running as Independent, Libertarian, or Non-Partisan.

The Fund, a political action committee that works with experienced operatives, campaign strategists and donors, endorses candidates based on their viability and commitment to take up issues of the Indian American community.

The candidates the group tracks include those running for positions ranging from city council to governor to US Congress.

The Fund said South and Midwest account of half of the races Indian Americans are involved: 44 are running for offices in these two regions.

Other key finds include:

63 percent of Indian American candidates are running for state and local offices.

Of the 88 Indian Americans who are running for offices nationwide, only 31 percent are women.

The Fund had endorsed six Indian American delegates who are running for elections this year.

Ram Villivalam, who is running for Illinois State Senate, was the first to receive the its endorsement.

Other candidates it endorsed include Josh Kaul, a former federal prosecutor running for Wisconsin state Attorney General; Padma Kuppa, who is running for Michigan State House, District 41; Samir Paul for Maryland House of Delegates, District 16; Ashwani Jain for Montgomery County (Maryland) Council, At-Large; and Susheela Jayapal for Multnomah County (Oregon) Commission, District 2.

Padma Kuppa