Sachin Varghese

After polling in the top two during election night Nov. 7, Indian American attorney Sachin Varghese faces a run-off election Dec. 5 to gain a seat in the Georgia state Legislature. ( photo)

Indian American attorney Sachin Varghese will face off against opponent Bee Nguyen in a special election Dec. 5 for a seat in the Georgia state Legislature.

Varghese and Nguyen were the top two vote-getters on election night Nov. 7, but neither got the 50 percent majority necessary to get an outright win. Nguyen received 3,556 votes – 39 percent – while Varghese received 3044 votes – almost 34 percent.

Both contenders are running from the 89th district in DeKalb County, for the seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Stacey Abrams of Atlanta, who is running for Georgia governor.

“We did it! Thanks to all your help, we've made it to runoffs,” stated Varghese jubilantly in a Facebook post. “Thank you, friends! We could not have done this without you. I'm grateful for your support and friendship,” wrote the candidate.

In order to win the race, Varghese would have to grab the votes of everyone who voted for the two other candidates, plus get more voters out to the polls for the special election. Fewer than one in four eligible voters voted in this district on Nov. 7.

Varghese, a Democrat, would be the first Indian American in the Georgia state Legislature. The pro-labor candidate noted in a twitter post that his mother worked an hourly wage job for more than 30 years.

Varghese ran a low-key, grassroots campaign, but quickly earned the support of elected officials, including Rep. Scott Holcomb, and Georgia state Senator Emanuel Jones.

“Sachin will be a strong advocate for District 89 and all Georgians, and that’s why I’m supporting his candidacy,” said Holcomb in a press statement last April.

“He will be a passionate and able advocate for DeKalb residents at the Capitol and that is why I wholeheartedly support him,” said Jones.

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