Namrata “Nikki” Randhawa Haley

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sure - she's a Republican - but who knows - maybe she'll win and switch on over to the other side:

Indian-American, Namrata “Nikki” Randhawa Haley,37, as she is popularly known, has announced her candidacy for Republican Party nomination for the Governor of South Carolina, which will go to poll next year [...]

If elected, Nikki would be the second Indian American and first women of the community to be the Governor of a State, after Bobby Jindal, who is the Governor of Louisiana. “I know, I am going to make this happen. I am going to win the race,” Nikki said in an interview at the Capitol Hill, where she attended a fund raising event in her support organized by the Indian American Republican Political Action Committee.

In little over a month of announcing her candidacy, Nikki has carved a niche for herself in the list of Republican aspirants and has already received encouraging comments from top political leaders of the State, including the South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford [...]

When asked about the entry of Indian-Americans in US politics, she said: “I think, Indian American issues are American issues. We want to get involved earlier because we have realize that what is happening in government, will affect us and our children. I think, more young people need to get involved.”

Briefing about her agenda, Nikki said her goal would be to rein in spending and to provide jobs to people in State, to try and improve education, and make health care accessible in South Carolina.