Three South Asians Win VA Dem Primaries
Photo (Left to Right) Kannan Srinivasan, Saddam Salim, Suhas Subramanyam
India-West Staff Reporter
RICHMOND, VA – Three South Asian candidates won the Democratic primaries for state offices on June 20.
Suhas Subramanyam in State Senate District 32, Saddam Salim in State Senate District 37, and Kannan Srinivasan in the House of Delegates District 26 earned primary victories.
Virginia has a split legislature where the GOP narrowly controls the House and the Dems have a narrow majority in the state Senate.
Subramanyam easily beat back the challenge of Ibraheem Samirah in his. Subramanyam was reelected in 2021, defeating Greg Moulthrop of the GOP, whom he will face again.
Srinivasan defeated Sirisha Kompalli in a fight that saw him garner more support from the outset than his fellow Democrat, raising over $300,000 to Kompalli’s $14,000, insidenova reported. He will face Republican Rafi Khaja in the fall.
Saddam Salim won against incumbent Democratic Senator Chap Petersen who has voted against crucial issues including an assault weapons ban, pro-labor legislation, and the removal of a Confederate monument, The Impact Fund said. It also pointed out that all three winners had been endorsed by it.