Deep Sran, an Indian American who had been campaigning for the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District seat, announced Feb. 28 that he has dropped out of the race.
“When I entered the Virginia 10th Congressional District primary race last summer, I did so with hope and optimism for the future,” Sran wrote on his campaign website. “After consulting with my family and friends, I have decided to end my campaign for the Democratic nomination. And while it is difficult to write these words, I do so with that same hope and optimism.”
Sran went on in his statement to thank his family, friends, staff and community for all they have done for him along the way.
“Together, we ran a campaign that was about listening to the people of the 10th District. I was able to talk about vision and long-term solutions in a time of anxiety and division. And I had a chance to share how important a positive, shared vision is to the future of this country,” he added.
The school founder and entrepreneur said that he will continue to work for true education reform through innovation and greater equity, to prepare the next generation of leaders and to build a better world.
He said he will also continue to work for more representative government, so minority and marginalized communities are engaged and heard.
“I will build on the work we’ve done to show that politics must be about finding common ground to implement policies that leave our children and grandchildren a better world,” he added in his statement.
Sran said that, despite ending his campaign, he is optimistic about the future of the district and the country.
“I hope that the grassroots activism and progressive leadership I’ve seen over the past year will lead us to a brighter future,” he said. “There is no us and them, there is only us. Let’s do great things.”
Sran was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, and, despite feeling like an outsider, he said he was able to see the differences and common ground between cultures and faiths, and learned to avoid the many ways in which people can divide from one another.
More than anything, he learned why America is the greatest nation on the planet, and must be a model for the world, his website said.
The Indian American has been an educator his entire adult life, and his experience has shown him that students thrive when teachers have the power to decide what happens in the classroom, his campaign site said.
Sran founded and runs the Loudoun School for the Gifted, based on the premise that the adults who know their subjects and their students best should lead the way (see earlier India-West story here).