The former president Barack Obama has openly endorsed the Tibetan American, Aftab Karma Singh Pureval, for the upcoming US Congressional elections in November. His is one of the candidates in the list of 81 candidates endorsed by the former president running for various positions in the November mid-term elections.
“I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent,” said Barack Obama on Wednesday as he released his first list of 81 candidates he endorsed for various positions in the November mid-term elections.
The first Tibetan origin to ever contest for the US Congress had won the Democratic primary for the first congressional district of Ohio and is all set to contest against the gigantic task of defeating a 11-time Republican Congressman Steve Chabot. Aftab Pureval, will become the first Tibetan-American to enter the US House of Representatives if elected in the congressional elections this November.
Aftab 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.
He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University in 2005 and the Tibetan American 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.