Vandana Jhingan removed from Illinois Republican primary

Vandana Jhingan (Courtesy of YouTube)

The Republican Hindu Coalition-backed candidate was disqualified after she failed to come up with enough signatures.

The Republican Hindu Coalition-backed candidate Vandana Jhingan has been removed from the official list of Republican primary ballot in Illinois’ 8th Congressional District.

Jhingan was one of the two Indian American Republicans vying for the GOP nomination to run against the incumbent Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi in the November election.

Jhingan was disqualified after a constituent, Steven Anderson, filed a complaint that many signatories to her nomination were not residents of the district.

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Nonresidents, who are not registered voters, cannot be considered as signatories while filing the nomination.

According to election general counsel, Ken Menzel who spoke to the local Daily Herald, a second complaint was also filed against the Jhingan alleging improper circulation of the petition.

The paper said she lacked enough signatures and thus failed to make it to the official ballot.

Jhingan, a Chicago-based journalist, is the Midwest Bureau Chief of the Indian American cable network TV Asia.

Another Indian American candidate Jitendra Digavker is on the ballot in the Republican primary. He is a businessman and runs a successful credit card process firm based in Schaumburg, which provides processing services to all types of businesses.

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

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.

Krishnamoorthi, an attorney-turned-businessman, was elected to the US House of Representatives from the district in November 2016, defeating Republican Peter DiCianni.

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