In three months, the nation will be heading to the polls to vote on congressional, gubernatorial, and local candidates. For the first time, we will have the chance to vote for more South Asian American candidates than we have ever had before. No longer will it just be Dalip Singh Saund and Bobby Jindal that have roamed the Congressional halls, there is a good chance that there will be another Desi to join the ranks. I like to call it the Obama-effect; all of a sudden there are younger, more diverse faces that are taking the electoral chance and running for office.
We’ve always blogged about candidates during election season here at Sepia Mutiny. But this year, in the vein of creating voter guides, we’d like to the candidate profiles on each candidate using the same criteria for each candidate. The 2010 Candidate Profile will have questions that we submit to all of the candidates and we will blog their response. Hopefully, we will also be able to get the candidates to respond to questions posted in the comment thread.
These are the candidates that I know that are potentially going to be on the ballots on November 2, 2010.
- Reshma Saujani (D) – New York, 14th Congressional District: Primary is on September 14th.
- Surya Yalamanchili (D) – Ohio, 2nd Congressional District: He won his Democratic primary.
- Manan Trivedi (D) – Pennsylvania, 6th Congressional District: He won his Democratic primary.
- Raj Goyle (D) – Kansas, 4th Congressional District. Primary is August 3rd.
- Ami Bera (D) – California, 3rd Congressional District. He won his Democratic primary.
- Ravi Sangisetty (D) – Louisiana, 3rd Congressional District. He won his Democratic primary.
- Vijay Kumar (R) – Tennessee, 5th Congressional District. Primary on August 5th.
- Nimrata “Nikki” Haley (R) – South Carolina Governor: She won her Republican primary in the runoff on June 22nd.
- Kamala Harris (D) – CA Attorney General: She won the Democratic primary.
- Sumi Kailasapathy (D) – First Ward Democrat for Ann Arbor City Council.
- Aaruni Thakur – Fullerton School Board Member in CA.
- Nimish Patel – Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member in CA.
It’s a long list, but I’d like to know if there are there other candidates that we are missing. Is there anyone running for a local race, such as city council, county or state races? Anyone else we should keep on our radar? Link to them in the comments.
Also, do you have a particular question you would like for us to ask all the candidates? Write it up in the comments and we will take it into consideration as well.