FREMONT, CA: FIA Chairman and Convener Dr Romesh Japra hosted a community ‘Meet and Greet Ro Khanna’ at his home Japra Vineyards in Fremont on Sunday, February 23. A diverse group of over 400 people attended and heard Ro’s vision for Silicon Valley and America.
Ro Khanna is running for Congress (CD 17) and continues to make strides in his campaign for US Congress election in 2014. One of his core strengths has been to mobilize grassroots support in the local community. His campaign has successfully raised campaign funds by conducting Meet and Greet events in Bay Area.
Attending the event were community leaders such as Fremont City Council member Raj Salwan, Fremont Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan, Steve Spinner, Anil Yadav, Brahma Kumari Kusum Behn, Reshma Karipineni, Councilmember Kansen Chu, Rishi Kumar and FIA team including Rajesh Verma, Yogi Chugh, Dharminder Diwan, Manorama Joshi, Deepak Chhabra and Ritu Maheshwari.
Steve Spinner, Ro’s campaign chair laid out specific action items for the gathered crowd while giving the inside scoop of what has been going on in the journey thus far. There was a dedicated group of student volunteers registering people to vote and encouraging them to sign up to volunteer for the campaign. There was much excitement in the air.
Also present were prominent Chinese American community leaders from San Jose and Bay Area committing their support to Ro Khanna.
Attendees were impressed with Ro Khanna and his commitment to public service. Many also felt that he represented the best shot for the community to get a political voice and also felt that he is the best person for CA Congressional District 17th which includes parts of Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and parts of San Jose.
Supporters were heard saying that he was a very impressive candidate with impeccable credentials. Having served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce many felt that he understood manufacturing, job creation and the interest of small, medium and large businesses.
Many were pleased to see that Ro supported comprehensive immigration reform. He reiterated his support to the entire community and issues of importance to them. Many admired his support of civil liberties and justice.
Ro Khanna is proposing his seven point program for Bay area. Its highlights are:
1. Include Computer coding in Public School Curriculum
2. Invest in and credential science technology, engineering, and Math educators
3. Increase the number of women in science and technology careers
4. Prepare young people for advanced manufacturing careers
5. Connect small businesses with capital and access to the export market
6. Provide job training and tax credits to support dislocated workers
7. Increase the minimum wage
Ro Khanna for Congress has been receiving wide support from the Indian American community and many other communities. His message of job creation and a strong middle class is resonating with the community. Ro Khanna’s candidacy has been gaining momentum and he has received tremendous coverage in local and national media where many are saying that CA 17 has become a very competitive race.
India Post News Service