A projection (photo above) promoting the candidacy of Janani Ramachandran in Alameda, Calif. Ramachandran, a Democratic social justice attorney, is a candidate in the upcoming runoff for the 18th Assembly District Special General Election on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
If elected, the 29-year-old would be the first Indian American LGBTQ woman to serve in the California State Assembly. Recently, the City of Alameda Democratic Club (CADC) endorsed Ramachandran, brightening her chances of winning the election. “She’s supported by so many grassroots organizations such as Alameda Progressives, Indivisible East Bay, and the Sunrise Movement,” Alameda Sun reported.
Ramachandran’s grandparents immigrated to California in 1970. She moved to India as a teenager, and at age 16, she founded a nonprofit that built libraries in under-resourced schools in her local community.