Rishi Kumar is running for the 18th Congressional District of California. Rishi is a longtime Silicon Valley resident, a hi-tech software executive, mechanical engineer, community activist, and an elected leader of Saratoga.
Rishi is an energetic proponent of data-driven solutions to deliver results “cheaper, faster, better” for his community using a Silicon Valley actionable, results driven mindset. As an immigrant engineer working for IBM, Rishi found his calling as an activist, stepping up for complex community challenges that he couldn't ignore. Rishi is currently the executive board member and delegate (AD28) of the California Democratic Party. As a councilmember of Saratoga, he led efforts to reject San Jose Water company’s unnecessary water rate increases and reduce burglaries - two of the top Saratoga challenges. This led to his re-election with the most votes in Saratoga’s election history.
Rishi’s agenda for Congress as a fiscal moderate includes climate change, healthcare, quality of life, housing, traffic, and neighborhood safety. Rishi brings a fearless problem solving agenda to public service. Check out his “21 Minutes To 21 Counties” transportation policy paper - a unique, pragmatic approach that expands our economy and addresses our issues with housing, homelessness and traffic logjams. A new vision for the future of Silicon Valley is needed and Rishi has the energy and a “getting things done” attitude.
Rishi believes in citizen-centric values as an elected leader and he has pledged to NEVER accept Special Interest Group or PAC money for his campaign. Rishi is the husband of Seema who also works full-time in the networking industry and is an equal partner in Rishi's community efforts. Seema and Rishi live in Saratoga with their two sons.
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