Two Indian Americans vying for Republican nomination to unseat Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi

Entrepreneur JD Diganvker announced his candidacy earlier in November, while journalist Jhingan’s announcement came last week.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL).

Two Indian Americans are vying for the Republican nomination for the Illinois’s 8th congressional district, which is represented by Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi.

The Republican Hindu Coalition-backed Vandana Jhingan has announced her plan to run for the primary earlier this, the IANS reported.

As the American Bazaar reported, Indian American businessman Jitendra “JD” Diganvker had announced his candidacy earlier this month.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Diganvker, who like, Krishnamoorthi, is also a resident of the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, submitted nominating petition on Tuesday.

Krishnamoorthi filed his papers for the Democratic Party primary on Monday.

Jitendra JD Diganvker. Credit: LinkedIn.

The primaries will be held on March 20, 2018. The last date for filing nominating petition is December 4, and it is likely that, besides Jhingan and Diganvker, other Republicans also may also decide to run from the district. The general election is on November 6, 2018.

Attorney-turned-businessman Krishnamoorthi was elected to the US House of Representatives in November 2016, defeating Republican Peter DiCianni. The term of a representative is only two years.

Jhingan, a Chicago-based journalist, is the Midwest Bureau Chief of the Indian American cable network TV Asia.  Digavker is a businessman and runs a successful credit card processing firm based in Schaumburg, which provides processing services to businesses.

Vandana Jhingan

Diganvker announced his candidacy earlier in November while Jhingan’s announcement came last week.

The Illinois’s 8th District includes the northern suburbs of Chicago, covering portions of Kane, DuPage and Cook counties. The Asian American population in the constituency is only 12 percent.

Another Indian American running for Congress from Billions is Sapan Shah, a physician who filed nomination to the Republican primary for the state’s 10th District. The seat is currently held by Democrat Brad Schneider.

Currently, there are four Indian Americans in the US House of Representatives, including Krishnamoorthi and all of them are Democrats. The sole Indian American Senator Kamala Harris also belongs to Democratic Party.

(This post has been updated.)


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