Karma, The First Tibetan Running for US Congress

A young and first generation Tibetan American has become the first Tibetan ever to run for the crucial political position in the United States, i.e., the US Congress. Karma is running against the Republican incumbent Steve Chabot in Ohio’s 1st Congressional district representing the Democrats.

Aftab Karma Singh Pureval announced on January 31 that he will be running for the US Congress in Ohio’s first Congressional district throwing a serious challenge to Republican Steve Chabot. The Democrats bet that Pureval is Democrat’s strongest candidate to race the tough challenge against the Republicans.

“Today I announced that I am going to run for the United States Congress. This wasn’t an easy decision and I never planned to do it, but these are extraordinary times. If we don’t like the direction of our country, then it’s on us to change it.” the young politician even announced on his social media page.

“He’s the right kind of moderate that I think fits the district and can help move the political center of gravity back to the middle from its right-wing trajectory in Washington,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told early last month in his support owing to his ties with Washington as well as Business ties.

Aftab Karma Singh Pureval is a 35 year old Indo-Tibetan whose father is an Indian and mother, a Tibetan immigrant who relocated to the US from India. Aftab was born and raised in Southwest Ohio and a product of public schools, who went to The Ohio State University for college where he has been the student body president.

Pureval received a bachelor’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University in 2005 and the American Tibetan was elected to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in 2016, unseating Republican incumbent Tracy Winkler and becoming the first Democratic clerk in more than 100 years.

TJ editor

Editor at Tibetan Journal

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