Kevin Kishore Kaul, a Kashmiri Pandit, who went to South Dakota on a student visa 30 years back is preparing for the recall election for Governor in 2021. An entrepreneur with an electrical engineering degree from Regional Engineering College in Warangal, Andhra Pradesh (AP), Kevin is optimistic about his prospects if the recall election happens. “I have a good shot at it,” Kevin, the Founder Chairman of the US Global Business Forum, told IANS, indicating his interest in getting into the gubernatorial race for which he filled out documents in late May. “We have got commitments for over $1 million,” he added further.
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A couple of weeks ago, the California administration announced that incumbent Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom would face a certain recall election that could send him packing. Newsom’s harsh Covid curbs resulted in closure of schools and businesses, triggered calls for his recall last year. California, the most populous state in the United States, is one of roughly 20 states that provides for the recall of elected state officials.
Recall advocates had gathered together over the mandatory 1.6 million petition signatures to put the election on the ballot. Now the review process is on to certify the recall for the ballot.
Voters would be asked if Newsom should be recalled and who can be a suitable candidate to replace him in this election. If the answer to the first question is in affirmative, then the candidate with the most votes becomes the next Governor. Over 20 Republican challengers are bracing to take on the first-term Governor Newsom, a close friend of US Vice President Kamala Harris.
Drawn by the appeal of a quicker MBA in South Dakota, Kevin said he came to the US in September 1991. As soon as he discovered that the temperature is “too cold,” he dropped out of the MBA course and headed further west. When Kevin started getting breaks with big construction projects, he launched his business website, which is splashed with pictures of him with the Obamas, Clintons and other A-listers.
Kevin, who worked with the Indian Navy for a short time and at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai before moving to the US, plans to throw a “big launch” party on his 60th birthday for his Governor race this August.