Jitendra Diganvker

Indian American Republican Jitendra Diganvker recently announced he will run for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois’ 8th Congressional District. If he advances through the primary election, he would be up against another Indian American, Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi. (Twitter photo)

WASHINGTON — Indian American Jitendra Diganvker has announced that he will run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 Congressional elections in Illinois.

If elected by his Republican Party in the primaries, Diganvker, a business owner and community worker, would be pitted against popular Democratic incumbent Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi from the 8th Congressional District of Illinois (see India-West article here).

A suburb of Chicago, the 8th district has a sizeable Indian American population. Krishnamoorthi, who has carved a niche for himself in the last 10 months in the U.S. Congress through his articulate views on key issues like national security, immigration and economy, is backed by former President Barack Obama.

If nominated by the Republican Party, it would be for the first time that an Indian American would be pitted against another in a congressional election.

Diganvker said that he is running for Congress to give a voice to the hard-working, middle-class Americans who are too often ignored by career politicians in Washington, D.C.

"Immigrating to our great country, my family and I have experienced many highs and lows," he said. “My family came to America to achieve the American dream — to succeed or fail by our hard work and commitment. Today, career politicians have left behind hard-working middle-class Americans. I will be a voice for those very people who have been left behind, because my family is one of them,” Diganvker said.

The candidate lost his two daughters in a tragic house fire in 1999, which drove him to become a compassionate community activist. He said he has seen first-hand how burdensome government regulations and rising health care costs can discourage the entrepreneurial spirit.

"I am not a politician. While most politicians pass laws yet never feel the effects of their actions, I come from real America,” he said in a news release. “I have felt these struggles and know first-hand the consequences of Washington's action, and inaction, on issues important to middle-class families. I will be the voice of everyday Americans in Washington.”

A graduate of Shah N.H. Commerce College, earning a bachelor's in advance accounting and business, Diganvker currently serves as president of Rang Inc. He has also previously served as the chief executive of JDGO Rent A Car, ticket auditor at United Airlines, and an inventory analyst at 3COM.

The U.S. House of Representative currently has four Indian Americans. Ami Bera from California is a three-term lawmaker. Three others — Ro Khanna from California, Raja Krishnamoorthi from Illinois and Pramila Jayapal from Washington state — were elected for the first time to Congress in 2016. All of them would be seeking re-election next year.

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