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India Currents gave me a voice in days I was very lost. Having my articles selected for publishing was very validating – Shailaja Dixit, Executive Director, Narika, Fremont
Sumiti Mehta volunteered for an incredible 11 years in her school district. All those years in the classroom gave her a bird’s eye view of what works and what doesn’t for the schoolchildren of Natomas- the second most diverse school district in the country.
Sumiti was the first Indian-origin Parks Commissioner for the city she now calls home, and told DesiCollective about her vision for the future of Natomas schools – she’s running for one of three vacant seats on the school board.
What drives her? South Asians aren’t represented because “they don’t step up for things” says Sumiti. You can’t move the needle if you don’t push your boundaries -“that uncomfortable feeling? We have to get over it!”
This story is the sixth in our series on conversation with candidates – SHORT TAKES for India Currents – where first time contenders for political office share their aspirations and plans with our community!
If you live in Natomas, take a look!
SHORT TAKES/DesiCollective: South Asians are Running for Political Office
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Short Takes : Harbir Bhatia in Santa Clara
Short Takes: Sri Muppidi in Dublin
Short Takes: Kuljeet Kalkat in Los Altos