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RISHI KUMAR FOR US CONGRESS

Democratic Challenger Rishi Kumar fights Endorsement Nepotism in Politics

Rishi has refuted Rep. Eshoo's many Endorsements

U.S. Representative
CA-18

ELECTION ON NOV. 3, 2020

On Your
Ballot

My name is...Rep. Anna Eshoo
An establishment Washington insider
My name is...Rishi Kumar
An independent thinker, in touch, always fighting for the people
Rishi Kumar Portrait

Endorsements coerced, newspapers became tabloids

Dear neighbors,

This race has not been easy. When you challenge a 28-year Democratic incumbent, you tread on a road that is not traveled, and you are also an easy target. The establishment of Silicon Valley has cast aspersions, made up false rumors, and pressurized people to pull endorsements. Our lawn signs for example have disappeared — while other lawn signs next to ours are left untouched. Even news reports targeted us with “an axe to grind.” There were moles planted within my Fellowship program during the summer, who were taking our campaign data and twisting it around for nefarious purposes. We experienced constant NextDoor attacks! Nothing surprised me; this is exactly what I have been dealing with politically for years. In 2013, when I won the Executive Board and Delegate position, the establishment insiders refused to accept my victory, deeming me as an “outsider” that they hoped would “just fade away”. People were genuinely displeased about my win and I couldn’t understand why. I will probably write a book on all of this someday.

Entitlement and establishment old guards! That is the unfortunate nature of what is wrong with politics today. There are too many gatekeepers, and the wrong people inside. This is the reason why Rep. Anna Eshoo has not had a serious challenger in 28 years. Yes, they don't make it easy! It’s been a constant struggle for me to push forward in this race, get endorsements or to raise money. But I have done it with my head held high and always played the ethical game. I run because I care and I seek to bring integrity into politics — to make it easier for the next “Rishi Kumar” to tread this path of political integrity. I do not today have the fancy endorsements and PAC money of Rep. Eshoo - but please see why we have refuted her endorsements and why they have a hollow ring. And we will NEVER accept money from PACs and Special Interest Groups.

The recent discussion on such topics with Rep. Eshoo over zoom was my opportunity to raise some of these very issues. It was the culmination of 20 months of our grassroots campaign, over a thousand volunteers, over 50 town hall meetings, over 100,000 doors, and a million phone calls, engaging diligently with Silicon Valley’s challenges. I have personally visited neighbors in each of the 31 cities and census designated places that includes corners of Santa Cruz and San Mateo County that our congressional leaders have likely never stepped foot into. During the pandemic, we called 86,000 seniors offering help with groceries, medication and masks. Hundreds of our volunteers helped thousands of neighbors. That is the diligence I will bring as your next Congressional Representative.

Our Congressional District deserves better! After this discussion, the contrasting tale of two candidates was stark; apparent were the lack of accomplishments and the out-of-touch nature of the failed 28-year incumbency.

Please have an open mind about our run. I am keenly invested in solving the challenges of every resident in each of the three counties. I am not a career politician and I bring pragmatic real-world perspectives. We are the only ones who have taken the time to publish detailed policy papers on our website.

As you vote over the next few days, please think it over very carefully - the same policies, partisan politics of an old guard Washington insider career politician, or would you like to take Silicon Valley in a new direction with the real world perspective? Let us win and together we will get a lot done.

I would be honored to have your support.

- Rishi Kumar


Rishi Kumar for Congress to take on Big Pharma

“There is no more critical time than now to elect people that represent our best interests and offer a better future for our children. As a physician, I have witnessed people die due to the exorbitant costs of life-saving medications.

Ten months ago, I stood at the doorstep of Rep. Anna Eshoo, demanding that she endorse HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019, with no response. Rep. Eshoo is a leading recipient in Congress of Big Pharma money, an industry that literally profits off of human suffering. Not only does HR 1384 save lives, but it is essential for small businesses and entrepreneurs, especially in a pandemic.

We have an opportunity to turn this around by electing a candidate who refuses to accept corporate PAC money and supports HR 1384. Rishi Kumar, running against Rep. Eshoo, is one such candidate. It's time to replace those who have gotten too comfortable in their seats in Congress.”

Yusra Hussain
Chair of South Bay Physicians for a National Health Program San Jose

After watching the recent League of Women Voters debate between incumbent Anna Eshoo and Rishi Kumar, I am more convinced than ever that we need Rishi to represent us in the 18th Congressional District. Unlike Anna Eshoo, who claimed she needed over $700,000 in special interest money for postage stamps and yard signs, Rishi has refused to accept special interest money for his campaign. Our region has long been staggering under the weight of traffic congestion and lack of housing. Eshoo offers us more of the same: the boondoggle known as the bullet train, and punitive housing quotas that only add to the misery in our neighborhoods. Rishi supports an innovative solution of underground hyper-speed tube transportation to link Silicon Valley jobs with available housing in the Central Valley. It is far better to aim high than waste good money on failed programs.

Rishi is not afraid to speak up when our quality of life is on the line. I urge all voters in the 18th district to join me in voting for Rishi Kumar.

Stan Bogosian
Former Mayor, City of Saratoga


“Democratic challenger Kumar has campaigned on getting big money out of politics, pointing to the significant corporate lobbying directed at Eshoo. In her career, Eshoo has accepted close to $1.8 million in contributions—more than any other member of the House—from PACs for and individuals affiliated with the pharmaceutical industry. She is currently the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Health, tasked with regulating pharmaceuticals.
Eshoo responded to this critique in a statement to The Daily, admitting she received significant contributions from the health care community. She said the reasons for these contributions included her “expertise, tenure and geography,” --SNIP SNIP--. Nevertheless, we are concerned by the donations she has accepted from the pharmaceutical industry.” - Stanford Daily
Stanford Daily endorsed Rep. Eshoo
but we refute her Endorsement

Endorsements


The first Democrat I’ve enthusiastically voted for, and recommended to others! forget the big picture stuff, all politicals do that for their campaigns. But Mr. Kumar, the very week the pandemic lockdowns hit, was elbows deep in grassroots, on-the-ground help for people right in my neighborhood! He organized volunteers to visit our at risk neighbors to help with outdoor activities they couldn't risk, and that was just the start! We're not talking about “neighbors” in the generic rhetorical sense, but actual people I can see and have talked to! Mr. Kumar wasnt out trying to get OTHER people to be taxed to pay for helping, he was asking US to DO for our own community, practically cutting out the taxation middlemen who profit greatest from every other “program” the city, county, state and nation provide. It's this way of doing things, rather than the “us vs. them” of “leadership” thinking the people aren't good enough to get things done, Mr Kumar deputized US. and a real difference was made, visible, relevant, and at a “people level” not needing studies and metrics to show an uptick in a deep data dive BI chart. That is what the country needs, a leader who knows that the greatest asset is not the money that can be stripped from the people, but the PEOPLE themselves! We have done the greatest things with People Power. And Mr Kumar reminded us we can do the small things too. May he always remember this and push his fellow politicians to do the same Ulrich Brasche III, San Jose
I am excited about Rishi Kumar’s run for U.S. Congress. His passion for his community and his fearless activism, as evidenced by his fight against water rate increases and crime, make him an excellent candidate. Rishi is not beholden to special interests; he is a results driven, hardworking advocate for his constituents. You can be assured that he will fight for us, and when there are tough challenges, Rishi will tackle them with the tenacity and integrity to succeed in Washington. Mayor Liz Lawler, Monte Sereno
I watched the Rishi/Eshoo debate from start to finish. Congratulations to Rishi on a very strong performance! He clearly had a much firmer grasp on the facts than Anna. I made a donation to his campaign and I endorse Rishi’s candidacy.

In my research, I note that Anna votes with Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time, unlike Ro Khanna and some other Democratic House members who think for themselves and occasionally vote differently. Anna seems to be nothing more than a ‘rubber stamp’ for Nancy rather than an independent thinker. You can see it here.

The debate really shined a light on the difference between the candidates. Rishi was the winner.
Ben Connors
I endorse voted for Kumar last time and I'll be voting for him again. Eshoo is painfully out of touch and is nothing more than a career politician. I'll look for it, but there's a clip of her speaking at one of the press conferences for the CZU fire which was just plain offensive to those actually displaced from their homes. Marc from Santa Cruz County
I have lobbied Anna Eshoo on Medicare for All (together with many fellow constituents), only to see her consistently side with Big Pharma and the insurance industry. I will be voting for Rishi Kumar because of this issue, and because I am fed up paying taxes to fund perpetual wars (where the used equipment from those wars gets recycled to police departments that terrorize, African-American and Native communities). Christopher Bedford, Mountain View
I have voted for Anna Eshoo over and over again, and watching this debate, I have to agree that Rishi was prepared and came out strong. I especially like his plans for unlocking the traffic gridlock pre-Pandemic, we all experienced-and once Covid-19 is over, will likely re-experience. With so many people at home and off the highways, it is too bad Rishi’s underground transportation system couldn’t be under construction right now. We do need some younger leaders with more innovative ideas. As my Saratoga City Councilman, Rishi Kumar has re-invigorated neighborhood watch programs, listened to countless residents concerning their immediate needs, organized our youth into activities that will prepare them for college and beyond, and follows up on his words, putting them into action. While I was fully prepared to send Anna back to Washington, Rishi’s answers during the debate won me over.

Congratulations Rishi Kumar!
Donna Frankel
Rep. Eshoo is out of touch. I am with Rishi in 2020. I am a 23 year retired City Of Santa Clara Firefighter. I speak from experience with respect to California’s Fires. Rep. Eshoo shares in the responsibility for implementing the many changes that negatively impacted Fire Prevention & Fire Suppression in Federal, State, County and City jurisdictions. David Shade, Retired Firefighter, Santa Clara County
I commend the consistent, supportive efforts of Saratoga’s Councilmember Rishi Kumar in keeping Saratoga safe. His efforts in helping initiate more than 50 Saratoga Neighborhood Watch programs is essential in helping law enforcement personnel with the endeavor of keeping our children and community safe. Working in law enforcement for decades, I support Rishi's run for U.S Congress. John Hirokawa, former Saratoga Captain*, former West Valley Patrol Division Commander, former County Undersheriff
Rishi Kumar brings the leadership we need to create good paying jobs and make the U.S. an innovation leader in the 21st Century. As an executive at Smart Utility Systems and Imaginea Technologies Inc., and in holding leadership roles at Cisco and IBM, Rishi understands machine learning and other cutting edge technologies and how we can harness those technologies to make America stronger and more prosperous. In his leadership on the Saratoga City Council and on the CA Democratic Party's executive board, Rishi brings a deep understanding of what our government can do to empower and provide opportunity to Bay Area residents. Most importantly, Rishi has great personal integrity. I know that he will always put the people he represents first and will work tirelessly to serve his constituents. Please join me in supporting Rishi Kumar for Congress. Robert Harlow '14 Physics, Stanford University
I have liked his policies...thorough Lauren Laplante Younger, Menlo Park
We need new, more vigorous leadership that will advance the needs of the district and its constituents Jean-Marc, Los Gatos
Rishi has policies. Rep. Eshoo has supported some bills Mark Scott Vamer
We need fresh faces in the Democratic leadership and real leaders in the fight against constantly rising drug prices. Robert Pierce, Los Altos
Rishi seems to have guts and spine, something that is missing in present day politicians. Andrew Komornicki, Redwood City
The heart and soul of Silicon Valley is about making breakthrough innovations in technology and Bio-science fields. Old school politicians can no longer represent the Bay Area residents and bring their voice to the Congress. We need someone with fresh new blood and ideas to represent us in the Washington to bring positive changes to our district. Rishi seems to be the most qualified candidate for this job. With his grassroots level movement he has potential to be the next Obama Of Bay Area. Mahesh Areekara, San Jose CA
I have been receiving several updates on things thatís going on around our area. He has been very consistent keeping in contact with me. And of course, I believe in his ideas of improvement our Bay Area! Denise Asbar De GÛes, Mountain View
Rishi is the new beginning for California Morrin, James Kyril McPherson, Los Altos
Rishi is the first candidate I have been excited about in a long time. His door to door coalition building is what we need in our community. The 18th is a complex district with conflicting interests and he is doing an admirable job at listening to them all. Alicia Cricket Sloan, Scotts Valley

  Many more endorsement statements below.  
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Video Endorsements

Why is Rishi getting support over Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
Campbell resident supports Rishi's community activism
Rishi gets the support of a Campbell resident
Silicon Valley resident supports Rishi Kumar
Los Altos resident supports Rishi Kumar

Leaders of Silicon Valley endorse Rishi

Note: Titles and Organizations listed below are for identification purposes only

Major General Rob Ostenger Retired

Joel O’ Driscoll Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy Reserve

Former Assemblymember Nora Campos AD27

Former Mayor Stan Bogosian Saratoga

Atiq Raza Former President and COO AMD

Former Councilmember Cheriel Jensen Saratoga

B V Jagadeesh KAAJ Ventures, CTO Exodus Comm.CEO NetScaler

Mayor Liz Lawler Monte Sereno

Former Vice Mayor Evert Wolsheimer Monte Sereno

Kanwal Rekhi MD, Inventus Capital Partners

Mayor Steven Scharf Cupertino

Councilmember Liang-Fang Chao Cupertino

Raj Jaswa CEO Dyyno, Chairman/CEO Selectica

Syed Ali CEO Founder of Cavium Network

Mayor Adele Andrade-Stadler City of Alhambra

Ajeet Singh CEO Thoughtspot, Founder Nutanix

Councilmember Alan Haffa Monterey

Councilmember Ali Sajjad Taj Artesia

Ana Pinczuk CTO, Anaplan Former President & GM, HPE Pointnext

Councilmember Angie English Hawthorne

Vice Mayor Arun Goel Dublin

Councilmember Chin-Ho Liao San Gabriel

Councilmember Dianne Martinez Emeryville

Former Mayor Frank Verlot Los Altos

Councilmember Gary Singh Union City

Former Councilmember Jack Mallory Saratoga

Councilmember Jenny Kassen Fremont

Former Vice Mayor Jim Davies Sunnyvale

Councilmember Jon Wiley Cupertino

Former Mayor Jose Esteves Milpitas

Jyoti Bansal Founder and CEO of AppDynamics

Councilmember Juslyn Manalo Daly City

Keerti Melkote Aruba Networks (Founder)

Kittu Kolluri Founder & MD at Neotribe Ventures

Councilmember Mani Grewal Modesto

Councilmember Michael Goldman Sunnyvale

Mohit Aron Founder and CEO Cohesity

Pankaj Manglik Founder Aruba Networks

Prem Jain Former SVP, Cisco

Councilmember Raj Chahal Santa Clara

Former Councilmember Raji Brar Arvin

Vice Mayor Raj Salwan Fremont

Rakesh Mathur Founder Junglee

Councilmember Rowena Turner Monte Sereno

Shamik Mehta Former President APJ, Tibco Software

Trustee Sharan Kaur New Haven Union School District

Suhas Patil Founder Cirrus Logic

Councilmember Teresa Keng Fremont

Director Tom Maxson Ben Lomond Fire Protection District

Tsuyoshi Taira Nexxus Ventures

Councilmember Vinnie Bacon Fremont

Dr Xi Zhao-Wilson CEO BioMarker

Councilmember Yang Shao Fremont


Endorsement Statements

I voted for you. I hope you win. One thing I should tell you - my sister's daughter had brain cancer. They used a drug at St. Jude's called Emend. It is an anti-nausea drug. In TN (and most states in the US), the drug is legal & readily available. So readily available, that they could get a generic version of it for $100/month. But, when they came back to finish the treatment in CA. They found out that this anti-nausea drug was outlawed (largely due to lobbyists) in CA, but that the company that makes Emend did get a compassion waiver. So, the state of CA - because they have continued to keep the drug illegal, but allow the brand name to sell under a compassion waiver is charging CA residents (including Medicare & Medicaid patients) $3,000 for a 30-day supply. To make matters worse, due to the high cost of the medicine, my sister's insurance would only authorize 3 days at a time, so every 3 days she was dragging her terminally ill daughter to a hospital (CHOC) to get a new prescription filled. There is NO reason this drug needs to be illegal. Per her doctor's at St. Judes, it's just a ploy by lobbyists, and it allows big drug companies to continue to charge outrageous prices to cancer patients & their insurance. If you are elected, can you please look into this? Jessica Natarajan
Thanks for running Rishi!! I know of you from all the great praise you get for how you brought people together in making Saratoga safe. This won't be easy, but this great nation is because citizens like you are not afraid to stand up and tackle difficult challenges thank you for listening to the science and for stepping up to lead!! You have my support!!! Adam Mednick, Saratoga
If your platform remains true to its word, you could not come at a better time. Pharma has infiltrated every corner of California politics. I am happy to finally see a Democrat willing to take on Big PHARMA. Incredibly refreshing to have a Democrat running in our district that has broken away from "establishment" politicians, who stands against PAC money, and who is willing to take on the fight of Big Pharma - likely the most critical issue of our time! Laura Galvan, Los Gatos
I’m in agreement with Rishi’s views on Anna Eshoo (regarding the “Out of Touch” email below). I am with Rishi in 2020. I am a 23 year retired City Of Santa Clara Firefighter. I speak from experience with respect to California’s Fires. Rep. Eshoo shares in the responsibility for implementing the many changes that negatively impacted Fire Prevention & Fire Suppression in Federal, State, County and City jurisdictions. David Shade, Retired Firefighter, Santa Clara County
I just voted for him (mail in ballot) based on the refusal to take money from super PACs Glen Ena
We are voting for you Rishi. Thank you for running Cindy Asrir, Redwood City
As a former resident of Palo Alto I just want to thank you for taking on the incumbent to really try to make a change.
If I still lived in Palo Alto I'd vote for you, but now I'll just send you my good luck.
Thanks,
Jonne Kaunisto
You got my vote! Philip Brady
Dear Rishi; I have been following and supporting you with the SJWC battles for quite some time. I appreciate what you have done for our communities in dealing with our expensive yet dysfunctional water situation.
I am certainly not a fan of Anna Eshoo; to say the least. I have many issues with her politics and political behavior. So, you appear to be the front runner, at least on my personal ballot.
John Miller
I’m in his district and I will vote for him. He’s been an activist for the people against big companies. Eshoo is OK but not as good. Eric A Meece
You’ve got my vote Rishi. Robin Bougeja
We are glad you are running as a Democrat. I live in your congressional district and we are supporting you Kathy Kelley
Plant-based Advocates of Los Gatos wholeheartedly endorses Rishi Kumar for his commitment to solving the most important challenge of our time: climate change. We look forward to a leader who will take real steps to cut carbon emissions. We commend Rishi for tackling the crisis on various fronts including transportation and fossil fuels as well as the promotion of plant-based foods to reduce our carbon footprint and create a healthier environment. Plant based Advocates of Los Gatos
Thank you Mr. Kumar for speaking up on a very important resource that all life depends on. Mr. Kumar will get my vote for 2020 Congressional elections. Michael Lieberman
Rishi Kumar A thank you from me as well. I am glad to learn more about you because quite frankly I am tired of the canned responses I get on issues that are in my view, dire. Healthcare for all, climate and money in politics are at the top of my list. Becky Potapa Gallinger
Thanks for caring enough to come to our little community. 👍🇺🇸 Boulder Creek... right here ... voting Rishi!! Jan Hagge, Boulder Creek
Met this guy [Rishi] at Brookdale lodge, seems approachable, did not repeat collusion, russia, or impeach 10,000 times an hour. Kris Miller, Brookdale
I remember you from your days at Michigan and am delighted that you have remained in public service. Best of luck in your campaign! Susan Wilson
Yes. His passion for exploring better, cheaper healthcare options. Abhishek Agarwal
Yes. He's a progressive and he's running to replace the corrupt Anna Eshoo. James Lewis Somers
Isn't Rishi Kumar for Congress 2020 a better candidate? It's time to elect from relatable people who care, not from those who are out of touch from actual constituents. Khan Nafee, Mountain View
Keep up your fight for us Cole Cameron
I’m very glad to support a candidate who can see this! (Public Transportation) Jean-Michel Depardieu
We need a new face in Congress who will work with the cultural community that they serve and not ignore their needs and issues! Myrtle Walker
Rishi has done so much already for his community. Just because someone has not been challenged in the past, doesn't mean they wont be challenged and cannot be replaced. No one can come close to what Rishi Kumar has done, not only for his council, but for the overall community across the Bay Area. Safety and security of the community and curbing costs for water are 2 of his biggest accomplishments from the long list of other amazing things he has done for the community. People should go to one of his meetings and ask him questions face to face, and I assure you, you will be beyond impressed. Do you think anyone has the courage to face your questions in a public domain like that? Varun Kapur
Grassroots campaigner Rishi! Know your Voters, so you can remember them when you win! Issues and Policies should guide our vote, and not incumbency - go Rishi. Republicans for Rishi! Raj Jaswa
Rishi Kumar is standing up against Big Pharma. This is one of the most important issues of our time. Julie Chayt Scott, Los Altos
If you're ever in San Carlos, stop by la hacienda cafe on Laurel Street. We'll give an endorsement! John Veneable, San Carlos
Rishi Kumar if you are for medicare for all and can speak honestly about the fact that families might have a $2000 increase in taxes but their $18,000 annual insurance premiums will go away, then I will certain seriously consider voting for you. Our family essentially buys an economy car in the form of healthcare costs every single year. And we are healthy. It's insanity. And I'm fed up with candidates saying they are going to do something radical and once they are office it's just a pattern of holding onto the status quo. Martha Sterne
We need you, like now! So frustrated with this congress! (Wars, Veterans) Mark Scott Varner
My voice as a conservative here in California have no representation in congress. Yep....I deserve better. Taxation without representation is corrupt! Gary Bruce
I’ll take door to door conversations spreading a message over corporate donors buying time on the networks. Any day. Thanks Rishi! Everything that I can see from Rishi is that he’s somebody we can believe in. Jan Hagge, Portola Valley
Rishi Kumar is running for this Congress seat. He does not take any money from Pharmaceutical companies and is for the people. He will actually work to lower prices. Daryl Hoot
Carry on with your hard work and dedication it's gonna take us all a long way. Mohammed Sam Sharif, San Francisco
Way to go Rishi. Best of Luck! Damy Patel
Rishi Kumar, you are fit for American Congress go on go on you deserve it. Jagdish Patel, Saratoga
I like that you support #MedicareForAll. I WILL VOTE FOR YOU!!🇺🇸💙🇺🇸 Dawn Smith
Easy choice to support. Amelia Millie Sperry, San Jose
I wish you all the best Mr. Kumar, I'm just outside of the 18th District in Jakie Spear's bailiwick. I'm glad you're running. David Kush, Redwood City
We need a new face in Congress who will work with the cultural community that they serve and not ignore their needs and issues! Myrtle Walker, East Palo Alto
Thank you for your support Rishi! 🙂 (on public sector banking) Jake Ryan Tonkel , San Jose District 6 Green Party candidate
Rishi is the right choice for California in Congress. Isaac Drauna
It’s time to get big money out of politics! We have to get all corporate PACs and special interests out of our government! You have my vote! Lawrence Deng
Thanks for doing your part Rishi. 👏👏👏 like Elon is doing his part. Like I worked and driving a Tesla. It does take a village to adopt to EV’s. Jump in yo all, before it is too late! 🙏 Kannan Govindasamy
You have an incredibly wide swath of campaign platforms. Wowzers. Michelle McIntyre
I think, Rishi Kumar would prove to be a good choice. He has qualities of leadership. Sudarshan Ahluwalia
Grassroots support, safety initiatives and success, and and not being owned... legit. Yes, very much so. He is dynamic, caring, energetic and a hard worker Dr Shiva Singh
Absolutely! Celeste Martino, San Jose
Yes because she could make a big impact and a good leader Tom Olsen, Menlo Park
Yes, need "Fresh Thinking" without a duty to lockstep with Party Leaders Kenneth Charles Frederick, Atherton
He knows big food, big pharma, big oil, and big pesticide/GMO each HARM us! David Eller, Menlo Park
Yes, bc Medicare for All.YouShould also support tenants' and workers' right Annie Nguyen-Barany, Mountain View
Refusal of special interest money of ALL types. Michael Perez, Menlo Park
Also, appreciate that you are driving Silicon Valley-style success thru tech initiatives, innovation pushes, and addressing Bay Area concerns on traffic, as well as residential and community safety.
Be the candidate that welcomes data based scrutiny on your policy based initiatives. I’d like to hear substance to be a better informed voter.
Thank you Rishi!! So nice to have someone actually listen and want to tackle concerns no matter how many it helps!
Hindi Hipp
Finally, someone who understands (on greenhouses). Yes - that would be amazing. I think you'd be great! Go Rishi! Susan Freeman
I have known Rishi since our days in IBM in 2003. I found Rishi to be a good listener who jumped into any opportunity to be of help. He has always had a “service to mankind” attitude and that begins with his friends. I found Rishi a caring person who loves being around people. I also know that he supports the Sikh community whole-heartedly. Rishi has visited Gurudwaras for prayers, participated in langar and has even talked to me about visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar. I support Rishi’s run and I know he will do very well as our United States Representative Gary Singh Tasser
I have known Rishi since our days in Temple University studying Mechanical Engineering. We took classes together and Rishi definitely has the work ethics. There wasn’t half way about anything he did. But what I found Rishi as a practicing Hindu was his openness to all religions and our Pakistan culture. Rishi does not have any bias, he truly appreciates all traditions that makes the world an interesting place. He has attended prayers at the local mosque and embraces these opportunities to incorporate and integrate. We need more elected leaders like Rishi Amir Abbas
I agree with rishi Kumar Patrick Donovan
Wow, maybe I’ll vote for you after all. Elziabeth Stabenow-Roberts
You have my vote! Jan Leaser
yes...our best choice for an honest voice for the community Cath Trindle
everything that I can see from Rishi is that he’s somebody we can believe in. Jan Hagge
Rishi's heart is in the right place and he executes on his promises. Cindy Blanco
Rishi is always there for us, like the recent gas leak, water rate increase, etc. He informs us and fight for our community. Xiaojun MA
He takes on tough issues that matters to public Karkhanechi, Haideh
Rishi cares and does what he cares, most important is he puts efforts to achieve goals to benefit neighbors. Jane Nae
Rishi has been very helpful in holding San Jose Water accountable for its numerous rate hike requests. He is a doer and is very persuasive, getting my wife and I to change our party affiliation so we could vote for him in recent Democratic Party elections. I feel he is authentic and sincere and would do a great job in Congress representing our district. Dave Scott
I appreciate a politician who speaks honestly about his or her positions without regard for the audience. Although I disagree with many of your stances, the fact that you took the time to honestly answer my questions, even being forewarned that I wasn't pre-disposed to vote Democrat, distinguishes you from many politicians.

You've earned my vote for this election, and subsequent ones until someone who comes along with views closer to mine.
Thomas Brinly
Yes. He's a progressive and he's running to replace the corrupt Anna Eshoo. Jim Somers
Only guy to reach out to me Sridhar Sikka
Need someone like you in there to shake this stuff up Rishi!
Your tireless effort to fight these increases won't be appreciated by many who aren't paying attention to the issues but are appreciated. This is a real politician, someone who fights for their constituents, not someone holed up in Washington who hides behind moderators on her town hall calls who decides what topics get discussed. Nice work sir.
Glad you are bringing this to people's attention - people need to pull back the curtain on the deals that are done in the shadows. Need a guy like you who is willing to call out the status quo.
Greg Holsen
I’m a Veteran and voting for Mr. Kumar. Why? I believe in his ideas and common sense attitude. Kumar 2020 Eagle Feather Fuentez
Mr. Rishi Kumar, would love to see you take her seat...I will vote for you, as well as my Wife and Son... We need progressive Representation from our leaders...best wishes and God Bless... We attend many Social Events...I will make it a point to stop and say hello to you. You're the kind of leader that we need... Congratulations on your Campaign... Looking forward to shaking your hand. 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸...Americans for a better tomorrow, and Veterans too!..US ARMY, Infantry Sgt. Dmz scouts Korea. 82 - 83. Alex M Sanchez
You know it , I thought i was going stop doing politics but I'm still in ill tell you that you blow her out the water just being yourself we know everyone you run against going to be about big money but you listen and talk to us the small guy you always reply she never do that for us i never seen her doing anything near what you do on your platform Ronin Wolf (Mountain View, California)
I'm loyal to you man you earned it bro keep fighting we will support you. “go Rishi go! Ronin Wolf (Mountain View, California)
Keep fighting, Mr Rishi Kumar. We need new people, with new ideas. Even this life-long republican, who probably doesn’t agree with your stance 100% of the time , is supporting your efforts. GO RISHI, GO!! Elizabeth Stabenow-Roberts (Los Altos, California)
Vote out ALL long term Reps.! Corruption is killing our country! She doesn't represent the will of her constituents, she votes for her own pocketbook and her puppet-masters. TERM LIMITS! GO RISHI!!! John Gary Marsh (San Jose, California)
Federico Flores does anyone reading this have any experience being helped by Anna Eshoo or know anyone who has? All of Saratoga knows who Rishi Kumar is and he has done more in his first year on city council than all the other city council members combined.“Federico Flores and yes that includes working on issues I care about and personally helping me and my neighborhood. Lenny Pollak (NA)
Rishi Kumar only!!! He has my vote .... no more Anna eshoo 😡 we need a change and new ideas from Rishi Kumar 👍 Koky Rivas (Redwood City, California)
Thank you Rishi Kumar!I voted for you in the primary and I will vote for you again in November. Anna Eshoo is okay but she has failed to support many progressive issues. Rosalie Alice
Love Rishi Kumar. He has my vote. The only honest candidate. Steven L. Palmer (Los Gatos, California)
Time to love Rishi Kumar and vote for him!!!!! Steven L. Palmer (Los Gatos, California)
No way!!! I’m with Rishi Kumar all the way!! Karen Ferguson (Menlo Park, California)
I support you, Rishi! I had to block everyone who commented on this feed. I suggest you do the same… Karen Ferguson (Menlo Park, California)
This country NEEDS to go in a progressive direction!✌️ Brian Burwell (Redwood City, California)
Rishi!! All the way! Leena Sujan
Rishi sir will win definitely Soni NK (NA)
He gets my vote Dawn Smith (NA)
Rishi will win Dawn Smith (NA)
go Rishi go! Dei Grazie Lum

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Subject: You are always on the right side of the issues I see your signs poking up ...I wanted to wish you the best of luck on your run for Congressman and thank you personally for your outstanding informative service to the People of Saratoga. It appears to me that you stand for what is right for the people. You’re most definitely a brave man. Tom
I find your email updates on current events extremely valuable and informative for your constituents, and you are the only council member I receive these types of emails from, very nice job!- Weslie Weslie - 8/20/20
Thank you for your timely and informative emails (on fire). You are an excellent public servant! - Gus Gus - 8/20/20
Hello, my name is Inga and I'm actually calling for Carly. She is an intern with you.And she sent me a letter I was out of town and I could not tell tell her how much I enjoyed her volunteering for you. I do not need help because my daughter lives nearby and I want to tell you that I voted for you at the primary so you can count on me. Thank you. And I wish I hope that you can thank Carly for m.Thank you. Bye Inga - 8/19/20
Thank you for your note - donated and requested lawn sign. Your refreshing energy and the willingness to challenge the status quo on all important fronts are exactly what's needed in Congress representing us in Bay Area. I hope you win and will certainly vote for you. Sarah - 8/19/20
you are an honest person. For so many years you never change. Thank you. Mr. Chang - 8/13/20
Hi Rishi, I was just reading through your campaign website and am very much looking forward to voting for you in November! Thank you for being such a great leader and activist - we will be very fortunate to have your representation in Washington! Julia - 8/10/20
Thank you for campaigning for Rishi. I appreciate your effort for a very worthy candidate. I am 89 years old and I am happily voting for Rishi. We desperately need a positive change. Good luck, Patricia B - 8/9/20
Representatives who do not understand tech representing Silicon Valley makes no sense at all. Great point and FWIW I hope your campaign team makes this a continuing key message. Greg - 8/9/20
Your tech experience is one of many reasons to vote for you as our Representative. Our District in particular, and the nation in general, cannot afford to have laws made by tech-illiterate legislators. The appalling ignorance of the current legislators is what permitted the 'gang of four' tech CEOs to evade honest answers and run rings around their questions. We need people in Congress like you, Rishi, who ask tough, detailed questions on behalf of the American people, and put the necessary legislative framework in place to recover our privacy from both commercial and Deep-State snoops. One look at the extent of mass surveillance in China is all that's needed to see our future in America if nothing is done to restrain these frightening threats to our freedom. Sincerely, Peter Peter - 8/9/20
Hello, my name is Aviv and I am a huge fan of Rishi. A couple of years ago I went to a sit-in rally at Anna Eshoo's office and what I saw destroyed my faith in public office. Not only could she not give a straight answer to any serious question, she repeatedly defended the predatory healthcare industry. I believe that Rishi will be a better spokesman for me and my beliefs, that he will not be bought out by corporations seeking to maximize profits. Aviv - 8/2/20
.... I was a former Eshoo supporter up until yesterday! ....you are beyond a doubt the most qualified person to run for a US House of Representatives position in the Bay for years. As a hi-tech executive, city councilmember, and now a candidate for office, you have done it all. In all you do, It sounds like you exemplify honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. It seems that you will genuinely use those qualities to create a better balance between people-centric policy and economically capitalist policy. We need you. I will 100% vote for you this November. Erika Erika - 7/17/20
hi Rishi, Thanks for running! I finished a call with paul, one of your callers this morning. I just wanted to send you this email mentioning the matter that youve got my vote. I love that youre willing to explore cheaper, better health care. Youre a progressive capitalist running in a corrupt system, keep at it and get Anna out of here life long profession! As an independent i think youre a much better option that extremist, anna. Cheers! Melissa Rose Melissa - 6/25/20
Hello Campaign Management Team. My name is Norma and I received a call from an energetic young man earlier today. His name was @Paul Kramer and he seemed to be very invested in politics. He was very informed about current policies, events and Rishi’s goals. I want to personally thank Rishi for providing this opportunity to so many young boys and girls, creating a political community for them. He for sure has my vote! Compared to Eshoo, he seems like he will bring a new light to Washington. Currently, Washington is a stuffy, messed up place with lots of corrupt, non-caring politicians. I hope Rishi can change this with his center, and forward ideas. Thank you for running against this 80 year old, unfit woman. Also, please forward this to Paul or send him a thank you from me, I really enjoyed the political discussion I had with him, he’s quite informed! Thank you, Norma Norma - 6/15/20
I wanted you to know that having Marcus reach out to me and offer to help me was very kind. I live alone and often work alone during Covid as I am an essential worker. Between the demands of patients and family and neighbors during this difficult time, to get that generous text meant a lot to me. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one who wants to bring the community together. Your offers make me smile, give me heart and expand my concept of our community. Lisa Lisa - 6/5/20
Thank you for fighting against the horrendous Winery project that would have changed Saratoga forever. As long time residents & fearful of government intrusion into our lives at every turn, it appeared to us that the project would go through irregardless of what residents wanted. We are grateful that you stood up against the influence of powerful money interests who care little about what makes "The Village" such a desirable community. Because of the freedom my profession allowed, we could have located anywhere in the United States, or even the world, we chose Saratoga to lay down our roots, & we've never regretted it for a moment. Warmest regards, Dr. & Mrs.... NA - 5/27/20
Again, I think you displayed tremendous courage, spiritually I would call it a Strong, clear, full heart NA - 5/22/20
I am so very sorry you are being put in this position. We need more people like you… NA - 5/21/20
Hello Council Member Kumar, I wanted to express my thanks to you for your vote last night on the Mountain Winery Annexation Project. This was a victory for protection of open space and habitat, as well as for the community. Thanks again for your support! Alice Alice - 5/21/20
Be it big federal government’s power or local city council power it will always grow beyond its intended initial plan for uses. The mountain winery was an obvious power play. There will be others in the future that are not so obvious but potentially as disturbing. Thank you Rishi for not being afraid to point out that the emperor is naked. I just wish you weren’t a Democrat as I believe they are becoming as power obsessed as the Saratoga city council.(this coming from a fifty year democrat) Fred Fred - 5/21/20
Many Thanks Rishi for keeping us informed No other member is a communicative as you and we appreciate it! … NA - 5/21/20
Thank you for your vote to stop the Annexation. You are absolutely right that there are more pressing issues for the City Council to get behind and rally the residents - for instance as you mentioned the escalating water prices from San Jose Water Company. It seems it is going to take something going maybe to the State Attorney General or other appropriate individuals on the State Water Board to address the monopoly San Jose Water Company has. We have sent letters each time you have asked. Can you disclose by name how the Council voted last evening on the Annexation? I think it says a lot when a Planning Commissioner resigns at 2:30 am!!! We are also disappointed that the Council voted to reimburse the Mt. Winery owners their share of the exploratory work. They stood to make enormous profits if the Annexation and Rezoning had been approved. They are business men and know the risks of losses when trying to develop property and change zoning laws. Thank you for listening to Saratogans and having the courage to go against the grain! Regards, Nancy Nancy - 5/21/20
Thanks for your efforts on the city council. I look forward to checking the box next to your name in November. We need fresh representation in DC for our area. - Fanucchi Fanucchi - 5/21/20
Hi Rishi, I continue to be impressed by your work and dedication to the public you serve. I don’t think I will ever be able to afford to live in Saratoga … but what a representation you are for those who voted for you! Indeed delighted to hear there ARE people like you on City Councils and like the newly resigned planning commissioner, who sounded like was also working as a minority on the commission, doing the right and ethical thing for the people of Saratoga. I did notice the time your e-mail went out and you saying the council meeting JUST ended! I am glad that the Winery annexation project is not going to happen but agree with you to not support a refund, given the circumstances. Assuming that much of that time was spent debating issues and items on the agenda, I congratulate you and others for sticking it out and doing a thorough job. Even though I won’t get to vote for you, I am comforted reading your e-mails, knowing that there are ethical and public-serving (not self-serving) people in our local politics! Nina - 5/21/20
Hi Rishi, It is good news that the annexation has stopped. However, I am shocked by Mr. Howard Miller, Ms. Bernald, Mr. Cappello, and Mr. Ahuja conduct and would like to know if there is anyway to replace them before the end of their term. I hate to see Saratoga became another San Jose with elected officials lining their pockets with our tax money - Tanya Tanya - 5/21/20
Thank you Rishi for the update. I appreciate your emails with information regarding actions in our city during this difficult time. I also support your vote on the refund. There were two parties in negotiation and should share the cost equally. It was so important for everyone living in our city to know what was going on. We have basically lost our local newspaper over the past several years as it is basically a real estate ad....but for years it informed us about our city. You took on the job to inform, and for that I am very appreciative. Elanie Elaine - 5/21/20
Excellent job, Rishi! What a victory! We appreciate your unremitting effort to to achieve a good resolution. Thanks again, Terry Terry - 5/21/20
Thank you for your support and strength! We need leaders like you. Mona- 5/21/20
Thank you for your courage, and unwavering support, standing up for your constituents! Saratoga citizens are fortunate to have you as their representation! NA - 5/21/20
You are a very smart man and dedicated public servant! NA - 5/21/20
Thank for making me aware...Rishi you have endless energy. The water company is so lame! The retro billing they got approved a couple years ago was the last straw for me. I will respond to protest to the water company. - Chris Chris - 5/13/20
Dear Rishi, You are doing an incredible job fighting an uphill battle... I don't understand what the other council members are thinking at a time like this. It does not feel like they have the Saratoga residents' best interest in mind. I just want to commend you on what you are doing, being transparent, being a fighter even if you are a lone warrior. I know many residents stand behind you. Keep up the good work and don't let them get you down. Grateful to have someone like you fighting for our neighborhood.Stay safe and healthy. Sincerely, Cindy Cindy - 5/7/21
I no longer lIve in Saratoga but am still on your mailing list. I get to enjoy occasional glimpses into that lovely speck on the planet, under your careful stewardship. Continued success to you. Fingers crossed for November. Deborah - 5/6/20
Rishi… as a resident living on Pierce Road, I thank you for your “no” vote and am truly upset that the other council members voted for this!!!!!! I guess they figure the residents don’t matter… SHAME ON THEM!! Robin Robin - 4/18/20
Rishi… as a resident living on Pierce Road, I thank you for your “no” vote and am truly upset that the other council members voted for this!!!!!! I guess they figure the residents don’t matter… SHAME ON THEM!! Richard Robinson - 4/18/20
Your intelligent and analytical approach to city governance is very much appreciated by my wife and me. It transcends the specificities of the issues on the table. Thank you Fred - 4/18//20
Thank you for everything that you are doing to make Saratoga the place that many are proud to call home .Your steadfast support is most appreciated and I wish you much success in your future endeavours. With Appreciation Daniel Daniel - 4/17/20
I also just saw your report of the recent city council meeting and your position on Mountain Winery annexation. YOU are the elected official we desperately need in all cities, especially in the Bay Area or the South Bay. Saratoga residents are lucky to have you on the city council even though you may be the lone defender for the best for the community! NA - 4/17/20
Thank you Council member Rishi for all your efforts on behalf of Saratogans. Our city government has lost sight of their mission, to serve the people of Saratoga. They seem to care more about developers, development, and keeping up with Los Gatos and Campbell. I hope people will remember at election time who is serving their interest. Keep up your good work. We appreciate it. Aida - 4/17/20
Council member Rishi — You are the first city official to acknowledge that residents are making many valid points about the Mountain Winery project. For months, appointed and elected city officials have told us citizens that they know better than we do. Their glib and misleading responses to our questions are condescending at best and wrong at worst. Sandy - 4/17/20
Rishi. Thank you for being the only member of the city council to vote no on the issue of the $12,000 payment to the potential builder related to the mountain winery. It seems that what the citizens really want is for the whole annex situation is to just stop. No discussion. After watching the whole circus that Miller put on as an excuse to hand over $12,000, it is very clear that this council does not have the residents best interest and safety their priority. I will not go into the Quito project now, but I see a big problem brewing for this city. Thank You again, rose Rose - 4/17/20

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