I have long considered running for public office-inspired by local leaders such as Congresswoman-elect Jayapal, Sen. Patty Murray, Gary Locke, and national leaders like President Obama, Secretary Clinton and more recently, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

As a woman of color, I know that now more than ever, we must stand up against hate and bigotry. As a member of the new generation of progressive leadership, I also know that it is vitally important to our party and to our community to make sure that we bring in more young people and people who have not traditionally been a part of the political process. We will need all of us to fortify against the strong conservative currents nationally.

Like Congresswoman-elect Jayapal, I was born in India (adopted as an infant by a single mom) and have worked in public service. For three years, I worked in the White House with President Obama, first in the Office of Urban Affairs, then in the Office of Public Engagement for the first-appointed Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, and then for Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett.


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