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The California Cream …


In my earlier post America’s Most Wanted I talked about the candidates from various part of America, running for various offices and whom I am in touch with directly/indirectly .
In this post,I concentrate on the State of CALIFORNIA … My favorite in America,due to obvious reasons ..The post also intends to throw light on the diversity of Republican Party ,which many say is only White’s thing ..I’ll feature 2 of the candidates running for State Assembly/Senate ,who inherit their family background from India & Sri Lanka namely Harmeet K. Dhillon & Sashi McEntee respectively.
So, lets begin …



1-Harmeet K. Dhillon for State Assembly – Harmeet ,is one of my favorite candidates running for any office in America ..though let me tell you again..she is running for California State Assembly and is a Republican candidate representing California’s 13th District.This is kind of my 3rd post for her ,earlier being here and here .The reason why she is amongst my favorite is that she respects Entrepreneurship and is determined to bring positive changes to the system to encourage the same,which will further benefit in Employment and lots other direct/indirect dependents .She is a lawyer and understands system like no other,in terms of ability she ranks much higher than her counterpart .
It has been kind of a tradition for Indian Americans to vote for Democrats ,but its time to re-think ,re-think on the basis of candidate and not party alone.And even if they think on the basis of Party,,Indian Americans need to take into consideration the strong relationships between U.S. and India during Bush Regime,biggest among them of course is the Nuclear Deal signed lately.
You can know her stands on various issues here .



2-Sashi McEntee for State Senate – Sashi will be representing Sonoma,Marin and San Francisco counties .. Sashi was raised in LA by her Sri Lankan parents .When earlier I said that Harmeet was one of my favorite candidates that meant for sure that there exists few more.Sashi is one of them ,and you know the reason why ? O! yes .. Sashi belongs to a family of entrepreneurs, Sashi’s parents instilled in her the values of smart business, individual freedom and personal responsibility. As a community leader, Sashi serves on several boards and committees, including the ODC/Dance Board of Directors, Bank of San Francisco Advisory Board and the Shelter Ridge Homeowners Association Board of Directors.
This makes Sashi as one of the most eligible candidates of the region .
She has committed to take serious actions on these 4 issues ,namely :
*Transportation
*Education ( CA – The land of Stanford,UCB,UCLA & many more)
*Health Care
*Business-Friendly Budget Reform .
More about the same can be seen here .



3- Dean Andal for Congress – Dean is a Republican candidate for US Congress in California’s 11th District.He co-chaired the tax policy group for Governor Schwarzenegger’s transition team, and served as a trustee for the San Joaquin County Board of Education and the Lincoln Unified School District. He also served on the San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council, and was a member of the Employer Support Council for the U.S. National Guard.
Amongst his AGENDAS ,Energy lies amongst the top ,and he intends to make America Energy Independent by :
*Permitting New domestic oil exploration
*Encourage businesses and consumers to “go green”
*Speed the development of alternative energy
*Bring new energy plants and projects on-line faster
*Toughen federal energy-efficiency standards
This not only shows his farsightedness but his concern about one of the Counties most important issues.His other stands on various issues can be seen here .



4 – Thomas Vidal for State Assembly – Thomas is a Republican candidate for State Assembly in California’s 53rd District.
Thomas is campaigning for the State Assembly because we need someone who will secure California’s future by tackling the big issues, like inefficient spending, which has resulted in a $16 billion budget shortfall; ineffective health-care policies that prevent access to affordable, high-quality medical care; and needlessly complex regulations that make it nearly impossible for California businesses to compete in the global marketplace and provide better job opportunities for all Californians. We need a visionary leader who has the creativity and discipline to implement that vision, someone who can build consensus around problem solving rather than conducting “politics as usual,” someone who can steer California on a path to prosperity without sacrificing the moral high-ground.
More on his stand on various issues,you might want to read here .



5- Gary Jeandron for the state Assembly – Former Palm Springs Police Chief Gary Jeandron has a lifetime commitment to the communities of the Desert and is running for State Assembly .
Gary being into Police has always learned to protect people and he is committed to continue doing so ,He has addressed most important issues like :
*Revive Economy.
*Fiscal Responsibility.
*Better Education.
*Safe Streets and Schools.
*Expanding Health Care and Benefits.
*Energy and Environment.
More on his issues can be read here .

This post is not complete as such,I might add more Bios soon .Stay updated ..

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Harmeet understands Small Business ! – So,even if you are a Democrat,you might want to read this ..


In my last post on Harmeet I told about Harmeet,about her Republican Views and her stand for McCain-Palin ticket.
When I researched more about Harmeet,I found her that she is not just another candidate .She is THE CANDIDATE ,most eligible for the seat she is running for.San Francisco is the heart of Startups of every kind – Technology,Web to what not .. And the good news is that Harmeet herself runs her Law Based Firm ,she is herself a small-business owner who makes payroll,manages and grows business ,provides benefits to her employees because she understand the need of the same,provides quality service to clients while guiding them through the thickets of government regulation .As I said she is not just another candidate who have spent decades as politicians as government payroll and being the part of problem ,not the solution .She understands the impact of regulations on business as a consumer and trusted advisor and with her experience into the same she is capable of making best decisions .
Its often said,to understand a person,wear his/her boots and see from his/her perspective ,only then one can understand his/her needs and views .Harmeet knows this well and she actually understands the needs of Entrepreneurs and Small Business owners/managers.How ? Well,She herself owns one ! And her long experience into the same is going to benefit people of SF.
With the problem of Unemployment everywhere Small Business is the best way to secure future of one’s life and help others get employment .In the list of Harmeet’s area of expertise, tops the Employment Law …So,do you think anybody else even competes closer ,when it comes to who deserves the office ?
Friends,its time to think and decide on the basis of candidate and not Party alone .I would like you to atleast give 5-10 minutes and see opponent of Harmeet and compare yourself as in who actually deserves the seat,the office .For a moment forget you are favoring Democrat or for that matter anybody and just compare 2 candidates,2 people for the important office,upon which depends the near future of SF.Its important because even today many people blindly vote on the basis of Party they have been favoring for all that time they have been eligible for the same.But,this is not way to run democracy,democracy means in simple words ” let the most eligible person win ” .
In words of Jawaharlal Nehru (India’s first prime minister ),he saidDemocracy means tolerance ,tolerance not merely of those who agree with us ,but of those who do not agree with us .So! rightly said !! ..
So,what are you waiting for .. My verdict is Harmeet ! and I am sure after a self survery by you with you ..your verdict won’t differ from mine .You can help Harmeet’s campaign by contributing here .Just do it,I’ll say the Nike way .. You don’t need to be a millionaire or someone big to contribute.Harmeet is a very down to earth person and appreciates every $ of yours.
Last but not the least,Judge the person by his/her virtues not his/her background of Party or anything else.I say this because many Democrats find it tough ,by shifting and voting for a Republican .So,whats the solution ? Forget the party system and see the person whom you really want to be in the Office.
Go Harmeet !! Go McCain-Palin !!

List of Indian Americans for John McCain/Republican Party !

Indians 4 McCain !

Indians 4 McCain !

Well !! though everybody atleast in India & U.S. know about Bobby Jindal’s success after holding the office of Governor in Lousiana .But many of us don’t know about various other Indian American’s who have contributed to the U.S. Politics in some or the other way,so I browsed by a number of articles,blogs,websites etc and selected few Indian Americans who have contributed to the U.S. Politics through Republican Party and support John McCain.

1-Puneet Ahluwalia of Vienna, Va., co-chair of Indo Americans for McCain in the U.S.

2-Sunana Batra of Burbank, Calif., staff whip of the California GOP delegation .

3-Harmeet Dhillon, a Republican candidate for state Assembly in San Francisco.

4-Sunita Krishna, an alternate delegate from Arizona, McCain’s home state .

5-Dr. Sampat Shivangi, head of Indian American Physicians for McCain .

6-Anand Dubey director of the state Enterprise Technology Services (Alaska) .

7-Sudhakar Shenoy — one of the co-founders of the Indian-American Republican Council (VA)

8-Kishan Kumar Putta -McCain Campaign national Asian American outreach coordinator and runs Indians for McCain .

9-Ajay Kuntamukkala -Indian-American Republican activist

10-Nikki Randhawa Haley – South Carolina state legislator .

11-Neil Suryakant Patel, Vice President Dick Cheney’s assistant for domestic and economic policy (Bush Administration.) .

12-Vishal Amin, associate director, Domestic Policy Council at the White House (Bush Administration.)

13-Anoop Prakash, deputy chief of staff, Department of Housing and Urban Development (Bush Administration.)

14-Ash Jain, member, Policy Planning Staff, Department of State (Bush Administration.)

15-Pratik Chougule of the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (Bush Administration.)

16-Suhail Khan of the Department of Transportation (Bush Administration.)

17-Korok Ray, till recently a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers (Bush Administration.)

18-Neel Kashkari, who has been selected to head the Treasury’s new Office of Financial Stability.

19-Dr. Raghavendra Vijayanagar ,Founder & Chairman of Indian American Republican Council .

20-George Andrews, Executive Director of the Orange County Republican Party

21-Neena Moorjani, a volunteer for Specialty Media at the convention (press secretary to Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ)) .

22-Dino Teppara, Wilson’s Chief of Staff and Counsel .

23-Piyush Agrawal, Regional Vice President (North America) of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)

24-Raj Peter Bhakta – entrepreneur, former The Apprentice contestant, and 2006 Republican U.S. House nominee .

25-Rachel Paulose first woman to become a U.S. Attorney in Minnesota,

26-Harry Sidhu, first Indian American elected to Anaheim City Council, November 2004; candidate for California’s 33rd Senate .

27-Dinesh D’Souza, Influential Conservative Thinker and Former Policy Analyst in the Reagan White House.

28-Amit Singh, Republican candidate for Congress from Virginia’s 8th congressional district .

29-Chirinjeev Kathuria, Republican candidate for Senate (16 Mar 2004) from Illinois. Is of Sikh background; businessman, medical doctor, and politician. Was running to fill soon-to-be vacated seat of U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald .

[Note : The list above is totally random,and not according to any criteria or alphabetical order.]
This is not the complete list,and I will keep adding more Indian Americans into U.S. Politics through Republican Party gradually and as I find any.You can help me expanding the list by emailing me at vaish.rajan{at}gmail.com.Thanks !

Harmeet K. Dhillon for California State Assembly !



Harmeet K. Dhillon is a Republican candidate for State Assembly in California’s 13th District.The district which includes San Francisco neighborhoods of North Beach,Pacific Heights,Russian Hill,Nob Hill,the Financial District,SOMA,the Mission,Bayview and Hunters point ,the district which Harmeet calls her home now.Born in India and raised in the UK, New York and North Carolina Harmeet is truly a global citizen.
Having her education done from University of Virginia & Dartmouth College ,today she is the founder of Dhillon & Smith LLP and was awarded the prestigious “Best Lawyers Under 40” honor by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.Apart from this she posses lots more titles and awards in her basket.
Now what really forced me to praise about her is her debate with Ro Khanna ,a Democrat and the way she spoke on ” John McCain – A Reflection of Our Values “ , every word of which is so truthful and influential that it can force a hardcore Democrat to rethink if he/she is doing right being a Democrat. Harmeet is one of the smartest women in Politics who understands that U.S. is at a crossroads of financial uncertainty in the markets, ever-increasing budget deficits and federal spending, an ongoing mortgage crisis threatening American homes, world terror and war in the Middle East, and an energy crisis.At the same time the world face new opportunities for cross-border trade, clean energy, global growth in technology and new industries, and an increasingly multicultural and pluralistic world.
I agree with her when she says “In America you could study hard, work hard, act responsibly, and ultimately achieve success”,this certainly means that America is and will be Land of Opportunities for times to come.
She brings some of the most important issues to desk and ready to discuss on the same like Free trade and outsourcing,Illegal immigration,Security and says “The Republican Party has always been an advocate of lower taxes on all classes of society, smaller government, less regulatory burdens on small businesses, and the promise of a rising economic tide that lifts all boats, not a zero-sum game of class warfare such as that advocated by Obama and Joe Biden, who seek to pit the lower and middle classes against “the rich.””.
Harmeet is one of few candidates who actually have got genuine reasons ,as to why she is needed to represent people.I believe in Harmeet’s success in November and it further proves that Indian Americans have directly benefited from Republican administrations at the highest levels with maximum number of Indians in Bush Administartion than any Administration in past, Bobby Jindal being popular Governor of Louisiana and U.S.-India Nuclear deal being signed up.
Go Harmeet !!.. Go McCain/Palin !!!!