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3 NRI candidates won the elections and others lost with a little margin

New York, Nov. 10, 2007
Nirmal Singh/Gary Singh from LA


Neeta Sane elected as a trustee to the Houston Community College

NRI Neeta Sane came out the winner in her bid for Houston Community College Trustee District VII in the November 2007 election. She garnered 51.46% of the vote in a 3-way race with a margin of over 18% more votes than her closest rival.

The district include southwest Houston and Fort Bend County, Neeta Sane defeated Manuel "Meme" Barrera and Lois Davis for the seat vacated by Jay Aiyer, who pleaded guilty in June to a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a governmental record. ....Read More

Upendra Chivukula re-elected NJ General Assembly

Incumbent Assemblyman, Upendra Chivukula was re-elected to New Jersey General Assembly. He won with 30 percent votes.

He has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2002, where he represents the 17th legislative district.

He is first Asian Indian American elected to the New Jersey General Assembly and the fourth Indian American in the United States to be elected to state office.

Chivukula is a Assembly's Deputy Speaker and serves in the Assembly on the Telecommunications and Utilities Committee (as Chair) and the Commerce and Economic Development Committee....Read More

Sundhanshu Prasad Wins Edison (NJ) City Council

Dr. Sudhanshu Prasad, an Internal Medicine Physician was elected to Edison City Council. Edison, a suburban township in New Jersey is home to a large Indo-American population. Voters in Edison elected all four Democratic candidates Tuesday, while voting against the ward system for the second time in four years.
The Democratic slate consisting of AnneMarie Griffin-Ussak with 6,883 votes, Melissa Perilstein with 6,513 votes, Sudhanshu Prasad with 6,251 votes and Wayne Mascola with 6,528 votes defeated all four Republican challengers by nearly 1,000 votes.....Read More



Seema Singh Loses NJ State Senate

Democratic Seema Singh, challenger to Republican Bill Baroni lost in the 14th District Senate Assemblyman Bill Baroni won big with 62% of the vote. He won Hamilton Township with 76%.

But the politically competitive district remains split, with two Democrats capturing seats in the State Assembly.

  • Republican Bill Baroni score 44,000 votes
  • Democratic Seema Singh score 19,000 votes

South Brunswick resident Singh, a lawyer and onetime Ratepayer Advocate for the state, has never held elected office or run for one before. Her campaign hit a snag when her use of a state worker as a personal driver at taxpayers' expense was revealed...... Read More


Shilen Patel Loses City Council seat of Emeryville, California


Shilen Patel, 29, environmental consultant, resident of Emeryville and former chief of staff for Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson, lost and narrowly missed getting one of three council seats open.,,,.Read More


Manisha Mehta Loses Houston City Council

Manisha Mehta lost her bid for Houston City Council District E. She received 15 percent of the votes in a tight race for the City Council seat which became vacant with the incumbent retiring.

Mehta had hoped to bring her financial planning background to City Hall, and had vowed to serve as a watchdog to ensure that her district's tax dollars are being spent properly......Read More

Dr. Wasim Khan, who ran for New Jersey State Senate (District 26) lost with 34 percent of the votes (13,308 votes). ... Read More



Ytit Chauhan, 19, NRI lost city council in Atlantic City, N.J

Houston, Nov 10, 2007
Sudesh Sharma

Sixth Ward Councilman - Tim Mancuso has held this council seat for close to two decades. Steve Layman has spent considerable money in challenging the seat. Ytit Chauhan has come out strong with some positive media.
Ytit would have been better off with a shorter campaign. Like Obama, his youthful appeal has petered-out as his statements and stances on the issues betray a lack of political understanding. ....Read More