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         14                                                                                                            NOVEMBER 18, 2022

                                                  US MIDTERM ELECTIONS 2022

                Indian American candidates create

        history with big wins across the country

         A record 35 Indian American candidates ran in the high-stakes midterm elections from Arizona to Wisconsin

        OUR BUREAU
        New York/Washington, DC
              his year has been the best for
              Indian American candidates,
        Tcutting across party lines, all
        over the country. The four current
        members of the all-Democrat Samo-
        sa Caucus, Ro Khanna and Ami Bera
        (California), Raja Krishnamoorthi
        (Illinois) and Premila Jayapal (Wash-
        ington) easily cruised to re-election,
        and they have added a new member,
        Shri Thanedar, to their group.
            In the states, at least 16 Indi-
        an American candidates have won
        their critical midterm elections and
        are making history across the coun-
        try. “Once again, we saw that Indian
        American and South Asian American
        voters are one of the fastest-growing
        voting blocs in the nation, emphasiz-
        ing what we already know: our power
        is  growing,” said Neil Makhija, Ex-
        ecutive Director of Indian American
            “On Nov 8, we once again made
        history. Thank you for helping us                                     The Samosa Caucus at Capitol Hill
        provide  critical  support  and  get  our
        candidates  over  the  finish  line.  We   the  nation  what  a  small  but  mighty   “There’s no place I’d rather be   tation policy, domestic violence, and
        couldn’t have done it without you,   state can do when democracy is on the   than with voters! Our community has   STEM education, among others.
        and we look forward to continuing to   ballot,” tweeted Miller Wednesday as   pushed us to be our best selves this   Miller, an engineer by training,
        make history in future elections,” he   networks  projected the pair winner   campaign and I cannot even begin to   learned English while in the public
        added.                            in a keenly watched race. “You chose   put my gratitude into words for your   school system, graduated high school,
                ARUNA MILLER              unity over division, expanding rights   commitment and support,” Miller   and attended college at what is now
                                          over restricting rights, hope over   tweeted earlier as voting was under-  called Missouri University of Science
              runa Miller made history as she   fear,” she wrote. “You chose Wes   way.                       and Technology. She has worked as a
              became the first Asian Ameri-  Moore and me to be your next Gov-  When he chose Miller, a former   transportation engineer for local gov-
        Acan  and  the  first  immigrant   ernor and Lieutenant Governor.”  Maryland House delegate for two   ernments in California, Virginia, and
        elected lieutenant governor of Mary-  “Ever since I came to this coun-  terms, as his running mate after win-  Hawaii. She moved to Maryland in
        land with Army veteran and best-sell-  try in 1972, I’ve never stopped being   ning the Democratic primary in July,   1990, where she worked for 25 years
        ing author Wes Moore becoming the   excited for the promise of America,”   Moore said he was “absolutely ecstat-  for the Montgomery County depart-
        state’s first Black governor. The Dem-  wrote Miller who came to the US with   ic and humbled to go on this journey   ment of transportation.
        ocratic pair of Moore and Miller, 58,   her parents as a seven-year-old child.  with Aruna Miller.”       Aruna is married to Dave Miller,
        defeated Trump-backed Republican      “I  will  never  stop  fighting  to   First elected to the Maryland   with whom she has three daughters.
        Dan Cox and Gordana Schifanelli.   make  sure  that  promise  is  available   House in 2010, Miller has spent four   She currently resides in Montgomery
        With Moore-Miller win, for the first   to everyone,” she added. “And this   years on the House Ways and Means   County.
        time both the top two positions in a   promise begins with a commitment to   Committee and four years on the Ap-  Miller, a former executive direc-
        state will be held by racial minorities.  deliver a Maryland where we Leave   propriations Committee, working on   tor of Indian American Impact, was
            “Maryland,  tonight  you  showed   No One Behind.”              issues like paid family leave, transpor-  Continued at next page... >>

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