An Indian American New York state IT specialist worker, Radhakrishna Mohan, has announced his candidacy for public office, running for the state's 11th Congressional District.
Mohan is the second Indian American to announce his candidacy in the race, joining Omar Vaid, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination (see India-West article here).
Mohan, who moved to the U.S. from India in 1989, has worked for the state for nearly three decades. He is a First Responder in his office with AED training for over 10 years, and is also the Coordinator for the State Employees Federated Appeal that aims to raise funds for charities.
Additionally, Mohan holds the designation as treasurer at the 121 Police Precinct Community Council for the last four years, completed the Police Citizens Academy with the NYPD, is a neighborhood block watcher and a positive advocate for addressing the quality of life issues in the community.
The candidate serves on a number of organizations as well, including as a member of the Staten Island Hindu Temple Board, member of the Port Richmond Community Emergency Response Team, executive board member of the Lathrope Voorspuy Memorial Scholarship Fund, director of sports at the Staten Island Cricket Club, and a member of the Staten Island Building Bridges Interfaith Community.
"I want to serve as your voice on Capitol Hill: a voice that echoes your concerns, a voice that matters, a voice that cares," Mohan said on his campaign site.
"I’m committed to making your voice heard on Capitol Hill. Like you, I want to play an active role in making my community, state and country a safer, better place to raise my children, run my business, render service to the community and forge a future filled with unlimited promise and realized potential," Mohan added.
He has a master’s degree in economics and a degree in mathematics and statistics and an associate degree in computer science.
Mohan noted that he has introduced telecommuting in the workplace and had his joint motion passed at the PEF Convention to mandate equal time off for New York state female employees, which is now waiting passage in the state legislature.
Currently Mohan is focused on workers compensation benefits, opposing constitutional convention, erosion of New York state civil service and stopping privatization of state government jobs.
As part of his campaign, Mohan said he wants to preserve the Affordable Care Act, make equitable tax cuts for all and oppose any tax reform that isn't fair for all, protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; and make the immigration system work better for the country, among other issues.
More information about Mohan's campaign can be found at www.mohanforcongress.com.
The primary for New York's 11th Congressional District, which covers Staten Island and Brooklyn, is set for June 26. Among the other Democratic candidates. in addition to Vaid, are Michael DeCillis, Michael DeVito Jr., Zach Emig, Max Rose, and Paul Sperling. Republican Daniel Donovan is the incumbent, who will be going up against former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm in the GOP primary.