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Indian American running for Missouri legislature

Indian American Sreenu Dandamudi, former assistant attorney general of Missouri, is running for the state House of Representatives.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2004 17:21 IST

Indian American Sreenu Dandamudi, former assistant attorney general of Missouri, is running for the state House of Representatives.

The Andhra Pradesh-born Dandamudi, who is running from the 64th District, resigned from his position in January to enter the race on a platform of protecting education, workers' rights, the environment and physicians
issues.

Though he will file his papers on February 24, Dandamudi has announced his candidacy for the Democratic primaries scheduled for August 3. The possibility of other Democrats getting into the race are high, but
Dandamudi said: "I believe that I am the only candidate that will protect the workers, physicians, the environment and public education."

He points to 14 years of activism in the Democratic Party starting in 1990. He has also been a member of Young Democrats of Greater St. Louis, and served as vice president of Mid-County Young Democrats representing Clayton, Creve Coeur, Hadley, Midland and University townships.

Dandamudi, who has been raised in Missouri since he was three years old, says he has already received endorsements from the Missouri Labourers' Legislative Committee, a state-wide organisation, and Physicians for Sound Healthcare Policy, a St. Louis- based organisation.

"My interest is based on the fact that I would like to get involved and try to make a difference in what's going on, especially on these four issues which are very close to me. My parents are supportive and enthusiastic. I have a treasurer and have a good team in place. I have a lot of support from the district overall," he said.

Missouri's education system is grossly under-funded and in desperate need of either revamping or an overhaul, Dandamudi contends, asserting that the state's children have a constitutional right to a good education and the
state legislature is failing to provide this right to them.

He attended Manchester School, Henry School, Parkway West Junior High, and graduated from Parkway West High School in 1990. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1993 in history, went on to get a master's in
international affairs from American University in 1998, completed law school at Washington University in 2001, and was sworn into the Missouri Bar in April 2002.