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Two Indian Americans in US city council polls

Rakesh Sharma and incumbent Anu Natarajan have filed their nominations for the Nov 7 elections, according to reports.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 15:48 IST

Two Indian Americans are among four candidates who have filed their papers for two seats in the City Council of Fremont, California, that are up for elections.

Rakesh Sharma and incumbent Anu Natarajan have filed their nominations for the November 7 elections, according to reports.

Natarajan, who has held the seat since 2004, said she decided to stand for re-election because she wants the city to develop a new vision, according to a report in the Fremont Bulletin website.

"The city is 50, and it's at a crossroads," she is quoted as saying. "We're looking for a new vision for the next 20 years."

Sharma is also contesting the elections for the second time, the first time being in 2004.

According to the Bulletin report, he will be running on the same issues - including urging the city to produce its own forms of revenues - as in 2004.

A resident of Fremont for 19 years, he is also the founder of the Indo-Americans for a Better Community group.

He is also a membership director for the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI).

Among other issues that Sharma plans to address is better communication between city hall and the public, greater economic aspects like quality retail brought to the city and more affordable housing, the report said.

"Affordable housing nowadays does not bring bad people to the city," he was quoted as saying. "It's now used to provide housing to police officers, teachers, and all sorts of people."

With a population of over 200,000, Fremont is the fourth most populous city in the Bay Area in the US.

Its cosmopolitan population includes Indians, Chinese, Taiwanese, a large number of Afghans who came during the Taliban reign in Afghanistan and other Asian groups.