Two Indian-Americans in fray; for same seat in New York

Omar Vaid and Mohan Radhakrishnan have announced contest for the Democratic primary

Two Indian-Americans in fray; for same seat in New York

In a sign of the rising influence of the Indian American community in the United States politics, two Indian-Americans from the Democratic party are in fray for the US House of Representatives from the same Congressional seat in New York.

Omar Vaid and Mohan Radhakrishnan have announced contest for the Democratic primary to earn the party’s nomination for the November mid-term general elections to defeat the Republican incumbent Congressman Don Donavan in New York’s 11th Congressional District.

It need be mentioned that New York is a heavily Democratic leaning State but the 11th Congressional District of late has emerged as a Republican stronghold.

US President Donald Trump had won the seat in 2016. Both Vaid and Mohan seek to unseat Donavan this time.

But before that they need to win the Democratic party primary for which currently more than half a dozen candidates are in the race.

Son of two immigrant parents of Gujarati-Indian heritage, Vaid grew up as a Muslim in Illinois and Florida, according to his campaign website.

Whereas Mohan is a labour union leader and a 27-year resident of Staten Island, New York besides being an active member of the Community Board 1 of Staten Island.

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