April 2016 \ Diaspora News \ Diaspora in UK and USA
7 in 8 win in Kentucky

Seven out of eight Indian-American candidates who ran for local elections in Lexington city in the US state of Kentucky in March have won. With this, now there are a total of 12 Indian-Americans elected members of the Lexington Town Meeting, India New England News reports. "This movement is historic. Great result despite heavy turnout because of presidential elections which tends to favour known contestants and incumbents," Narain Bhatia, a long-time Lexington resident and community activist, said. The winners of Lexington elections include Sharmila Mudgal from Precinct-3 for a 1-year term, Anoop Garg from Precinct-4 for a 3-year term, Pam Joshi and Rita Pandey get 3-year terms each from Precinct-9 and Precinct-5 respectively. Anil Ahuja from Precinct-5, Vikas Kinger from Precinct-7 and Nirmala Garimella from Precinct-8 get a 1-year term each.

In addition to the winners in the March elections, Indian-Americans have five current Town Meeting members whose term is not over making a total of twelve. These sitting members are Narain Bhatia, Ravish Kumar, Sanjay Padaki, Dinesh Patel and Syed Rizvi.