Saratoga, CA, January 16, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Councilmember Rishi Kumar of Saratoga, California was recently elected to the Executive board (E-board) of the California Democratic Party and a Delegate in the 28th Assembly District Caucus voting conducted at Campbell CA on January 13th 2019. He landed the top number of Delegate votes among the “Male/Other than self identified female delegates” running and also got the top spot in the E-Board race. There were a total of thirty-three candidates running in the Delegate election and four for E-board. The race was very competitive, with many slates running together, some with up to 14 men and women running together. Over 1000 people voted in this election.
Rishi was absolutely elated at the results, he later stated. “I am in a bit of awe and shock! We were running against some very remarkable people of AD28. Our Assembly District is in good hands with so many amazing candidates who ran; community, leaders who showed up to evaluate these candidates and discuss issues near and dear to their hearts. There were so many activists who converged to vote, holding Silicon Valley's interest first and foremost and that of our glorious state of California, essentially holding our leaders accountable. What a day for Silicon Valley!” he commented.
Rishi ran on a platform geared towards the people. His message focused on representing the people and their interest and holding strong against special interest groups. His work during his terms as Councilmember of Saratoga certainly reflected the authenticity within his message. He is known to stand firm behind the movement against water hikes in his community which made him a household name in Saratoga. Councilmember Kumar also implemented various safety measures throughout the Saratoga neighborhoods, working with hundreds of neighborhood leaders, that aimed to reduce crime in the city, dropping burglaries by 47%. His success in getting things done in Saratoga in order to address his community’s tough challenges clearly showed the Delegate election voters at Campbell that he was committed to working for the people, bolstering their support for his Delegate and E-Board run.
This will not be Councilmember Kumar’s first experience as E-Board and Delegate for the 28th Assembly District, which covers the cities of Saratoga, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and parts of San Jose. He was first elected to these positions in 2013, winning his very first election as a rookie candidate. Since then, he has been elected to the Saratoga City Council twice – in 2014 and 2018 – winning the most votes in Saratoga’s election history with his latest November 2018 victory. His recent win at Campbell was his 3rd term as E-Board and 4th term as Delegate.
Seeing such democracy at work excited Councilmember Kumar, who noted, “What a turnout today! A total of 1,037 passionately zealous voters showed up. Democracy is working for sure, in fact, alive and kicking. I was very excited to see such grassroots engagement in our assembly district, especially all the passionate community activists who were educating, asking the tough questions and wanting to elect the right kind of Democratic candidates with a people-first attitude.”
As a Delegate for the 28th Assembly District, Councilmember Kumar will have a myriad of responsibilities. First and foremost, he will represent the interests of the people of the 28th Assembly District at various informational meetings throughout the region. He will also work with other Delegates to help plan such meetings. Councilmember Kumar was excited to get going, saying, “I am looking forward to doing a lot of good for our California Democratic Party as the E-Board and Delegate. What an honor!”