Democratic State Committee Launches South Asian Caucus

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Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula

Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula

EDISON – The New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) joined with leaders from the South Asian community to officially kickoff the South Asian American Caucus last night in Edison.

New Jersey has the third largest South Asian population after California and New York. According to the latest census data, there are more than 350,000 South Asians residing in New Jersey. The South Asian community is very diverse, and it includes people of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan descent.

The kickoff was attended by the highest ranking South Asian American elected to office in New Jersey, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-LD17), the Chairman of the NJDSC, John Currie, gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Barbara Buono, and members of the South Asian American community.

“Over the years, I have worked very closely with members of the South Asian community, who are not only my colleagues, but also my friends,” said Currie. “The South Asian community is diligent, dedicated, and passionate about moving the Garden State forward. Operating under the New Jersey Democratic State Committee umbrella, the South Asian American Caucus will be a place to organize and motivate an increasingly influential constituency.”

“With the growth of our communities over the past four decades, South Asian Americans have an important place on New Jersey’s commercial and cultural scene,” said Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi, Co-chair, New Jersey State Democratic Committee South Asian American Caucus. “This caucus will create opportunities for South Asian Americans to take on roles of political prominence that reflect our communities’ achievements.”

Buono, who actively engaged with the New Jersey’s South Asian community on the Anti-Bullying legislation, reaffirmed her commitment to continue working closely with the South Asian American community.

“Members of our community, in preparation for Nov. 5 are engaged in voter registration drives across the state. The Caucus will build upon that work and mobilize our community to support Democratic leaders, such as Senator Buono, who have demonstrated their commitment to New Jersey’s South Asian community,” stated Satish Poondi, Co-Chair of the South Asian American Caucus.

The South Asian American Caucus creates a statewide platform within New Jersey’s Democratic State Committee to discuss issues important to the South Asian community and to support and elevate members of the community interested in pursuing elected office.


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