Indian American Sachin Varghese loses District 89 election

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Varghese is currently an attorney at Bondurant Mixson and Elmore.

Sachin Varghese (Courtesy of official website)

Putting an end to the dream of attorney Sachin Varghese to become the first Indian American member of the Georgia state legislature, his opponent and Vietnamese American Bee Nguyen won the election with a majority of 52 percent of votes.

Despite Varghese pumping in more money than Nguyen for the election, he was able to secure less than 50 percent vote during the special election held last month. Nguyen too got less than 50 percent vote forcing them into a runoff.

The House District 89, includes Cedar Grove, Druid Hills, East Atlanta, Edgewood, Gresham Park and Kirkwood.

The seat was left vacant by Democrat Stacey Abrams, who left the position to run for gubernatorial election.

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The election between the two Democrats was expected to be historic irrespective of who wins because if Varghese had won, he would have become the first Indian American in general assembly and now with the triumph of Nguyen, she has become the first Asian American Democrat in state office.

Born in India, Varghese migrated to the US along with his parents and studied at the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia law school. 

He is currently an attorney at Bondurant Mixson and Elmore.

His work includes representing the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, among others. Additionally, he worked with Congressman John Lewis, Rep. Abrams and state Sen. Elena Parent in challenging Republican gerrymandering in 2011.

Meanwhile, Nguyen who was born to a poverty hit family is the founder of a nonprofit that educates and empowers girls in under-resourced schools.