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Gujarati to run for US Congress
AHMEDABAD: Son of Saurashtra, 34-year old Vivek Bavda has vowed to fight tooth and nail to prevent any elimination of social security rights especially for the elderly. Credit this if you may to the Indian upbringing but this Gujarati young man who has joined the race for a revamped Congressional District seat in Illinois feels that economic slowdown cannot be allowed to cut down on social security benefits of people, especially the elderly.
Bavda, an attorney in Chicago, is the third candidate seeking the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican Robert Dold for the revamped 10th Congressional District seat in the November 2012 general elections in US.
Bavda, is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. Bavda, who raised money for UNICEF and Multiple Sclerosis as a child, went on to fight for stem cell research and fought for better education for all children, has devoted his entire career to public service.
He is confident that he would win as he is strongly backed by more than 1, 40,000 Indians residing in Illinois. "For several reasons I am confident to win. First, I stand for an ambitious America that gets the job done. Second, I take political chances, provide solutions, and do not rely on a group of cynical political consultants. Finally, I address critical concerns to the people of the 10th district and have workable solutions to improve lives," he stressed.
Bavda, fluently speaks Gujarati and shares a strong connection with the state as his father is from Limbdi, and mother is from Jamnagar. "I often visit Gujarat to see my relatives who live in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Jamnagar, and Limbdi," said Bavda. Bavda's parents immigrated to the US in the 1970s.
"Moreover, I have extensively toured in Gujarat including Saurashtra. I have visited many temples, seen Indian historical sites, and love to spend time on the beaches of Div," he added.
Bavda has a long history of involvement with Democratic politics and progressive issues. These include volunteering for events like 1996 Democratic National Convention, Senator Dick Durbin's Senate campaign in 1996, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's Congressional bid in 1998, as well as Vice President Gore's Presidential effort in 2000. He worked for the Indo-American Democratic Organization, registering voters on Devon Avenue for the New Americans Democracy Project. He also completed an internship for US Senator Barack Obama in Chicago.
Vivek worked in public affairs with Coro in St. Louis, Missouri, crafting reforms to the Family Focus program to help reunite broken families. With the ARCHS program, he sought to increase investment in communities, and create jobs. He helped create the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures and built coalitions to prevent a ban on stem cell research in Missouri. This ban would have slowed the research to find cures for cancer. Parkinson 's disease and Type 1 Diabetes.
If elected, Bavda says, "I want to make positive difference; this defining moment for the US still facing economical slow down." said Bavda adding, "Need to stimulate the economy and create jobs and no reduction in Social Security benefits are the prime agendas."
Bavda's views on immigration
"I encourage immigration. The United States has benefited from strong, intelligent, and ambitious immigrants who help in creating jobs and wealth. I would continue that trend. In fact, when I am in office, I will create the Clinton-Bush Scholarship. This scholarship will give 5000 foreign citizens a free American education, living costs, and an obligation to immigrate to the United States, eventually becoming a US citizen. These 5000 scholarships would be representative of world population so India would receive many more than say Iceland. Each US embassy would take applications, interview the world's best and brightest, and select the immigrants. This would function similar to the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships."
Line of his campaign
In an innovative step to build direct interaction with the voters, Vivek Bavda has announced the launch of websites where he can interact with voters and understand his vision for Illinois' 10th District. His vision encompasses agendas like creating jobs for 25 million unemployed Americans; bring in education reform one step forward with No Child Left Behind movement. Introduce a fairer and flatter tax code, fine financial regulation that can cope with Great Recession, and address Climate Change.