Indian American attorney Sachin Varghese, based in Atlanta, Georgia, has entered the race for a seat in the State House, reports News India Times. He has filed the papers necessary to join the pack and already has some State Democrats endorsing him, but whether he has a serious shot at winning is riding on whether the current incumbent chooses to run for higher office – House Minority Leader and State Representative Stacey Abrams is expected to run for governor.
The attorney has represented both the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. He now has a campaign manager, advisors, and an official campaign website for his District 89 race. Indian Americans have already expressed interest in working to campaign for Varghese.
— Sachin Varghese (@sachin_varghese) April 27, 2017
“I was Chairman of the Black Caucus when Sachin represented us, and I witnessed first-hand his commitment to fighting injustice,” stated Sen. Emanuel Jones. “He will be a passionate and able advocate for DeKalb residents at the Capitol and that is why I wholeheartedly support him should Leader Abrams offer herself for higher office.”
Incumbent Abrams, Democrat, has represented District 89 for 12 years. As of now, Varghese is the only candidate who has declared his intent to run for this seat. However, that still leaves quite some time for others to join the race, as the Democratic primary is scheduled for May 2018.
He estimates the race could cost him more than $200,000, but he claims to have already raised $65,000 in the first three days.
“I have worked on issues I am passionate about through my profession,” stated Varghese. “One of the reasons I am running is because I want to be able to fight for all those issues — such as against discrimination and for criminal justice reform, at the state level.”
“One of the primary drivers of why I am running is I don’t think we do a good enough job of providing opportunities to large segments of our population,” he continued. “I hope to do that.”
Varghese was born in Mavelikara, Kerala, coming to the U.S. at one and a half years old. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a law degree from UG Law School.
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