Saratoga resident Rishi Kumar couldn't contain his excitement Tuesday.
He sent an email to all his supporters upon hearing the news that he had won a delegate seat in the California Democratic Party representing Assembly District 28. The election took place last Sunday at the Campbell Community Center.
"Thank you again for all for your support ... I could not have won without you. You truly made the difference in my run," he said in the email.
Kumar said he was excited to be part of the Democratic Party caucus and observe the political process at work.
He then explained he had helped put together a slate of candidates, including himself, in Assembly District 28, who were part of a 12-member slate endorsed by State Sen. Jim Beall.
Kumar said six out of the 12 candidates in the slate won—four men and two women. San Jose City Councilman Don Rocha, San Jose Evergreen Community College District trustee Dr. Jeffrey Leesey, John Comissey and Kumar, along with former San Jose City Councilwoman Judy Chirco and Saratoga resident Pragati Grover, who's a member of the Saratoga Planning Commission. There were 35 running for 12 open spots.
Kumar was also elected to the Democratic Party's executive board. He urged all his friends and supporters to register to vote as Democrats, many of whom were independents, but voted as Democrats.
"I truly believe the Democratic party is making the right choices over the Republican party, and by aligning ourselves clearly, we can be more involved," he said.
Kumar is the founder of Bay Area SatyAgrah Political Action Committee. He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut and works in the Valley high-tech industry as a seller of software/middleware. His wife Seema also works in the Valley tech industry. They're raising two boys in Saratoga.
He's also a former member of the Saratoga Planning Commission and is founder of the Saratoga Cares Foundation, which donated $18,000 last year to the Saratoga Senior Center. He also runs an annual Bay Area talent competition “Saratoga’s Got Talent.”