- Newcomer Karishma Mehta poised to lose her bid to House of Delegates to long-time delegate Alfonso Lopez.
Suhas Subramanyam, member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 87, has advanced to the Nov. 2 general election. Subramanyam, 35, ran uncontested in the June 8 Virginia primaries. However, newcomer Karishma Mehta, a 29-year-old preschool teacher, is poised to lose her bid to the Virginia House of Delegates to represent District 49 to long-time delegate Alfonso Lopez. According to The New York Times, Lopez has 70 percent of the votes, while Mehta has 31 percent.
Subramanyam made history in 2019 when he won his bid for the House in the Nov. 5 election, along with Ghazala Hashmi, who won her State Senate seat. Both Subramanyam and Hashmi, along with dozens of other Democratic candidates were catalytic in turning the southern state totally blue as the Democrats took full control of state legislature. Subramanyam and Hashmi assumed office on Jan. 8, 2020. Subramanyam’s current term ends on Jan.12, 2022. Hashmi was elected to a four-year term, which ends on Jan.10, 2024.
Subramanyam, the former White House technology policy advisor to President Obama, is an attorney by training. He runs S2 Impact, a technology consulting firm that advises companies and nonprofits on law, technology and government regulations. He also enjoyed a stint on Capitol Hill as a healthcare and veterans policy aide. He clerked for Senator Dick Durbin on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked on reintroducing the DREAM Act and helped Senator Durbin and his team work on proposing a range of criminal justice reforms. He also served as a legislative aide handling legislation related to health care (including the Affordable Care Act), veterans, agriculture, food safety, and education.
Born and raised in the United States, Subramanyam’s Indian parents are both physicians, as is his sister. He’s an alumnus of Tulane University in New Orleans, where he did his undergraduate degree and Northwestern University in Illinois from where he graduated with a law degree.
Mehta, who announced her candidacy last October, received several notable progressive endorsements including from Democratic Socialists of America, Sunrise Virginia, and Our Revolution Arlington, ARLnow reported. She told the news outlet that while she originally hails from Tennessee and Pennsylvania, she moved to Arlington about a decade ago to teach.
On her website, Mehta describes herself as “a working class preschool teacher, and the first woman of color running in District 49 for Virginia’s House of Delegates. I’ve skipped meals to fund my classroom, and my story is the story of so many working families who call our community home.”
Meanwhile, Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, won his party’s gubernatorial nomination, advancing in his bid to serve a second term as the state’s governor. “McAuliffe continuously led the five-person field in polling and fundraising throughout the primary,” as per The Hill. He will face Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin “in what is expected to be a highly contested general election,” reported The Hill.
Attorney General Mark Herring defeated primary challenger Del. Jerrauld C. “Jay” Jones (D-Norfolk), securing the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s attorney general race in his quest for a third term in office. In the lieutenant governor’s race, Hala Ayala, a Democrat representing the 51st district in the Virginia House of Delegates, won the Democratic nomination with 173,401 or 39 percent of the votes.
(Top photo, Suhas Subramanyam with his wife Miranda Peña Subramanyam.)