- The young Indian American received 8.7 percent of the votes and was in the last but one slot in the crowded field of nine.
Young Indian American Neil Misra has advanced to the Nov. 8 elections for a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives to represent Rockingham 25. He is among nine Democrats who cleared the Sept. 13 primary, as reported by The Eagle-Tribune. He received 8.7 percent of the votes and was in the last but one slot in the crowded field from the district, data released by The New York Times shows. Rockingham 25 is currently represented by Democrat Laura Pantelakos.
Misra is running “to provide a fresh and diverse perspective to a stagnant legislature that has traditionally been dominated by the same voices for years,” said a tweet by Run for Something, which helps recruit and supports young people running for office.
Misra, “the son of two hardworking immigrants who came to the U.S. to pursue their American dream,” told the Salem Patch that he is seeking office as he is “passionate” about serving his community, and fervently believes in protecting our rights and fundamental freedoms. “As a lifelong resident of Salem, I am intimately familiar with the fundamental issues affecting our town and our state,” he told the paper. Noting that “the current legislature has failed to adequately address these issues,” he believes “with the utmost conviction that I can do a much better job at advocating on behalf of Granite Staters.” Additionally, he can provide “a fresh perspective and dynamic leadership to a legislature that has been stagnant for far too long.”
On his website, he tells his constituents, that if elected, he “will fight tirelessly to ensure that the right to an abortion and the right to quality education for our children are never infringed upon in the state of New Hampshire.”
After graduating from Salem High School, Misra went to college at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he simultaneously interned for Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), according to his website. Following college, he completed his Master’s degree at Oxford University, where he was elected Graduate Vice President of the Student Union.
Meanwhile, Indian American businessman and author Vikram Mansharamani fell short of his maiden campaign for the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire in the crowded Sept. 13 Republican primary. He came in fourth place with 7.6 percent of the votes, according to NBC Boston data.