Now is the time! Let’s get involved!

Let’s elect our 1st South Asian SenatorĀ Vin Gopal, Mayor candidate Ravi Bhalla in Hoboken , Council candidate Rekha Nandwani in Jersey City.

Gaining ground: South Asian officeholders, representing a traditionally underrepresented community, say interest in politics is on the rise.

The South Asian community is gearing up for some potential firsts in the state in the upcoming election: a Sikh-American mayor and an Indian-American state senator.Councilman Ravinder Bhalla is running for mayor of Hoboken against two other council members, but has the backing of current Mayor Dawn Zimmer. And Vin Gopal, former Democratic chair for Monmouth County, is running against sitting Sen. Jennifer Beck, a Republican, in the 11th Legislative District.

While the idea of such firsts are a long time coming, Bhalla said he can pinpoint when such a scenario took shape in his mind.