Who am I?

I’m the Tea Party’s worst nightmare – I don’t look like them, I don’t sound like them and like most of you, I don’t think like them.

I believe we are a country rich enough in wealth and in character, that no person should have to live in poverty or go without healthcare.

Obamacare is a great first step, but I will push strongly for the single payer option.

I will support measures to raise the minimum wage to at least $10, but will advocate loudly for it to be higher. Raising the minimum wage is not only an issue of fundamental fairness, it also makes sound economic sense in an economy where too much is placed in the hands of too few.

I believe America risks failing our students and young people. Student loans are too burdensome and the opportunities for graduate work are too narrow.

I will work aggressively to reduce the burden of student loans, and to direct investment into the infrastructure, clean-tech and high-tech jobs of the future. We need to get our economy back on track, or risk losing a generation of talent to default and unemployment.

I believe America can be a force for peace internationally. Unlike my fellow candidates, I believe now is not the time to threaten another war in the Middle East. War with Iran would be catastrophic, and every effort must be made to support diplomacy, not undermine it.

I reject rhetoric and warmongering, and support working with the rest of the world to solve conflict through diplomacy. I believe we should use our diplomacy to advocate for women's rights, gay rights and human rights around the world.

I believe we are all equal, no matter the color of your skin, the circumstances of your birth, or who you fall in love with. Employment discrimination and bullying based on gender, race, disability or sexuality is something no civilised country should stand for.

I believe in America, freedom means a woman not only has the right to choose, but the right to equal pay and a life free from fear of domestic or sexual violence.

I believe in supporting minorities, not leaving vulnerable communities to fend for themselves. We are strongest when we work together, and when we welcome talent and dreamers from all around the world.

I support comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship.

I believe we need to get our economy back in shape, but not on the backs of those who helped build it. I will stand with Senior Citizens and protect Social Security and Medicare from Tea Party raids.

Why am I running?

I believe no matter what you look like, where you’re from, or who you love – you deserve a voice in Congress.

My Goals

I will support raising the minimum wage, and building an economy which doesn't leave our students and graduates behind.

I will fight for the rights of all Americans, and all those who strive to be Americans. I sponsored the DREAM Act in the NJ Legislature and support legislation which removes racial, sexual, and gender discrimination.

I will stand with Senior Citizens and protect Social Security and Medicare from Tea Party assaults. We need to get our economy back in shape, but not on the backs of those who helped build it.

My DFA Values

I believe in equality, fairness and opportunity for all.

I believe government is at its best when it is fighting for those who have the least.

In government, we need to work to level the playing-field on health, education, immigration and jobs. I want all Americans to have the same opportunities I had when I first came to this country over 40 years ago.

My Campaign is People Powered!

We would love to have you involved, in a primary campaign like this one, every supporter can make a real difference. Ask our Political Director, Ben, how you can join our campaign for change, email: Ben(at)Chivukula4Congress.com

Voice support


  • Venkat Pisupati
  • Kate Toth
  • Heather Daset
  • Zachary Israel
  • Chinnabbu Ekambaram
  • Jonathan Cloud, NJ
  • Varaprasad Gottiparthi
  • Jazminne H.
  • Adrian Maarleveld
  • Sharon Forte
...and 54 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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