Shrina Kurani, an Indian-American engineer and entrepreneur, will run for the US House of Representatives from a Congressional District in California.
Taking to Instagram, Shrina, in a post, announced, “I’m running for Congress to represent California’s 42nd District because it’s time to bring bold action and fact-based solutions to the Inland Empire.”
Shrina will challenge 15-term Republican incumbent Ken Calvert for the midterm elections in November 2022, contesting a Democratic ticket.
The 28-year-old doesn’t consider herself a politician, and instead, she introduces herself as a ‘fact-based problem solver’. Shrine decided to join politics when she realised that Republican Ken Calvert could not solve problems, and hence it became a new approach and bold action for Shrina.
“As a first-generation American, my family worked together to build a successful pool supply business right here in Riverside. My parents didn’t take a single day off for 10 years, but even that level of hustle is often not enough these days. Opportunities are out of reach for far too many people while career Washington politicians like Ken Calvert are focused on helping themselves, their political parties, and their corporate donors,” Shrina told PTI, an Indian news agency.
Shrina, who worked to reduce waste and create sustainable solutions for food and water, stated, “I have spent my career building businesses that reduce waste and create quality jobs. I’m running for Congress to make things work better in Washington and build an Inland Empire where people feel safe, healthy, and have opportunities to succeed in fulfilling jobs.”
“Ken Calvert has been in Washington for nearly 30 years and he’s voted against our interest time and time again,” she added, criticising her opponent. “It’s time for a new approach.”
Born to Indian immigrant parents in Riverside, California, Shrina went to La Sierra High School, and after that, she pursued her graduation in mechanical engineering from UC Riverside. She then worked as an advisor to small and large start-up businesses to develop ways to make healthcare and education affordable, accessible, equitable, and effective.
She will be the fifth Indian American in the House of Representatives, followed by Dr Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal if she defeats Ken Calvert in the 2022 midterm elections.