Latina Indian American Victoria Virasingh is running for Congress from Virginia

Daughter of a Sikh Punjabi father and an Ecuadorian mother to meet the challenges of daily struggles in her community

The daughter of a Punjabi Sikh father and an Ecuadorian mother, Victoria Virasingh, an Arlington-born and raised progressive Democrat, is running for the United States House of Representatives from Virginia’s 8th congressional district.

Virasingh is both the first Latina and the first Asian and the second woman to be on the ballot for this race. She is also the youngest to run for this position.

Her campaign is breaking down barriers, inspiring new voters to participate in the political process and is supported by organizations across the country, she says ahead of Virginia’s only Democratic primary on June 21. Early voting in Virginia begins Friday, May 6.

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Given that 48% of VA-08 residents are minorities, her lived experience as a Latino-Asian American gives her unique insight into the daily struggles that many in her community face, the daughter says. of immigrants in a press release.

She is running for Congress to address these challenges once and for all, and she is paving the way for more young women of color, according to her campaign.

With a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in Latin American studies, Virasingh has valuable professional experience in the government, nonprofit and private sectors, he said.

“My mother grew up in Ecuador and my father was born to Punjabi Sikh refugees in Thailand. They both came to America hoping for a better life – but every day was a struggle, a fight,” Virasingh recalled on his campaign website:

“The Spanish word ‘luchar; describes what it was like for me to see my parents succeed in America,” she says. “Because childcare is too expensive, my mom used to take me to the salon where she worked as a manicurist.”

“And as I watched her work for a $2 tip, I talked with the clients – doctors and lawyers who showed me there was a world bigger than the one I lived in, so only the path from where I was to there: education,” adds Virasingh.

Being the first to anything is often taxing. Nonetheless, Virasingh has risen to the occasion with a strong community applauding his success, he says. His campaign submitted 1,628 signatures from residents supporting his candidacy, exceeding the required 1,000 signatures.

In terms of financial support, she decided not to accept money from PACs and instead raised funds from over 1,000 individual donors.

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Moved by Virasingh’s compassion, pragmatism, bravery and boldness, several national organizations endorsed his campaign for Congress, the statement said.

One is the “Barrier to Entry” PAC, which “supports candidates and campaign staff from working-class backgrounds as they shape their
paths in the Democratic political space.

Another is “Her Bold Move” which wants to “shatter all the glass ceilings that still exist in our government – including the Oval Office – by electing women to seats that have historically only been held by men.”

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