Virginia

Of over 750,000 Asian Americans who live in Virginia—-nearly 10% of the population—-Indian Americans make up the largest ethnic group. The vast majority of South Asians live in Northern Virginia, in Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax counties. In a state where elections are won and lost by far less — our communities can make the difference.

In 2019, Delegate Suhas Subramanyam and Senator Ghazala Hashmi became the first South Asians elected to the Virginia legislature. Virginia has traditionally been considered a battleground state and the 2021 election proved it’s still competitive.

Impact conducted a poll in 2021 that showed that South Asian voters leaned Democratic, with a vast majority of South Asian registered voters preferring the Democratic candidate. Yet at the same time, most South Asian registered voters had not heard directly from either campaign.

There remains critical work to be done to turnout and engage South Asian voters. Virginia is one area where our communities are decisive to elections, and Impact is working to build the necessary infrastructure to make our voices heard.

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Virginia

Elected Officials

  • Babur Lateef

    School Board (Local)

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  • Ghazala Hashmi

    State Senate

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  • Harris Mahedavi

    School Board (Local)

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  • Haseeb Javed

    City Council

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  • Jasbinder Singh

    City Council

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  • Mansimran Kahlon

    County Official (Other)

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  • Naila Alam

    City Council

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  • Nisha Patel

    City Council

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  • Pradip Dhakal

    City Council

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  • Rachna Sizemore-Heizer

    School Board (Local)

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  • Suhas Subramanyam

    State House

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