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NRI woman gears up for US local polls

Supriya is the first NRI to run for a seat in Virginia State House of Delegates.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2005 18:15 IST
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Supriya Christopher, a US military veteran and mother of two, is a busy woman these days. She is contesting for the Virginia State House of Delegates.

Running for an open seat, Christopher feels "tired but energised" after endless fund-raising efforts that have notched $150,000 to date. She is hopeful of bringing another $100,000 for a media blitz in this last round of campaigning before the November 8 elections.

"I'm tired but energised," said the former US Army Signal Corps officer and now a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Veterans Services Foundation.

She is the first Indian American as well as the first Asian American to run for a seat in the General Assembly.

Christopher, running from what is considered a Republican bastion, feels she is holding her own against Republican opponent Sal Iaquinto, an attorney, and former staff member delegate Robert F McDonnell, a Republican.

"I've been knocking on thousands of doors for days. But at the same time it is very energising. I got some positive responses. Above all, I have learnt a lot," Christopher told IANS.

She believes that being Indian American itself has sparked interest as has her involvement in the military.

"I feel that I have created an extensive amount of outreach in this campaign.

"People truly feel energised by a different face, not because I'm an Indian American, but also because I am a Democrat from a military family and my husband has returned from Iraq," she asserted.

Her other strong point, she contended, was running a positive campaign, and not running on negativity.

On her challenges, Christopher said,"I knew I had to do something different. So mine and my husband's military experiences made the difference."

In all this daily grind of campaigning, her kids occasionally join her.

"The support from my family is something I can be proud of... My mother-in-law is really committed, she came last January to help take care of my kids so that I could campaign."

Christopher has also been a news anchor with USA Today here and an anchorwoman for an ABC affiliate in Mississippi. She is now the president of Christopher Corporate Communication, a business agency.