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Nov 07, 2019
11:56AM

Four Indian-Americans win state, local elections in US

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Four Indian-Americans, including a former White House Technology Policy Adviser, have won state and local elections held in the United States on Tuesday.

Indian-American Ghazala Hashmi, a former community college professor, created history by becoming the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Virginia State Senate, while Suhas Subramanyam, who served as the White House Technology Policy Adviser to former President Barack Obama, has been elected to the Virginia State House of Representative.

In her maiden attempt, Hashmi, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican State Senator Glen Sturtevant for Virginia's 10th Senate District, drawing national attention. She currently serves as the founding Director of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College.

Subramanyam led a task force on technology policy that Obama charged with addressing some of the country's most challenging technology issues, including job creation and displacement in the technology sector, regulating emerging technology, and addressing cyber-security and IT modernization in the public sector.

In California, Indian-American Mano Raju won his election to remain San Francisco's Public Defender. In North Carolina, incumbent Dimple Ajmera, a former Certified Public Accountant, won a convincing re-election to Charlotte City Council. 

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