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Indian American Anita Malik runs for US Congress from the 6th Congressional District of Arizona

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Anita Malik believes in fair tax reform that benefits both individuals and small businesses. She is assuring quality, low-cost health coverage for everyone. 

Anita Malik. Credit: Twitter.

Indian American businesswoman Anita Malik is running for the US Congress in the 6th Congressional District of Arizona. The daughter of immigrants from India, Malik is running for the seat held by three-term Republican, David Schweikert.

“As a woman of color, I stand a better chance of making a difference and affecting real change if I run for federal office because the average hard-working American is fed up with our leaders in Washington and this administration’s lack of progress,” she said announcing her candidacy through a video.

“There were very few Indians when I was growing up, but I never felt the way I feel today, and I am in the same place and the same neighborhood and that is so disturbing to me, the fact that we are going in the opposite direction,” she added.

Malik believes in fair tax reform that benefits both individuals and small businesses. She is assuring quality, low-cost health coverage for everyone and support to immigrants by policies that unite families and bring diverse talent.

Malik promises to make sure that the voice of all South Asian and Asian-Americans are heard. “I’ve been doing that my whole life and I will continue. Our stories are often ones of success, but that overlooks the struggles of so many. I will make sure those challenges, those stories are heard, and that we find solutions,” she said.

Her team is planning a highly digital campaign with the help of the Indian American community.

Malik was born in Kansas City, Missouri. When she was 7, her family moved to Arizona where her father worked as a mechanical and computer engineer.

Malik went on to graduate summa cum laude with degrees in both computer information systems and finance from Arizona State University. She later earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California in 2002.

Malik started her career in the early days of Arizona tech, working for MicroAge as a business analyst. She went on to work at The Arizona Republic and was Deputy Director of ASU’s Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. More recently, Malik was COO of marketing tech startup, ClearVoice. Over the years, she developed a unique blend of content and technology experience that put her at the forefront of digital media.


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