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Indian Origin Politician Sarah Gideon Gets Joe Biden’s Endorsement For US Senate

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US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden endorsed Indian-origin American politician Sara Gideon in her race for the US Senate. Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, on Tuesday officially became the Democratic nominee. Furthermore, she is going to challenge four-time incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine in the November polls. Her opponent, Ms. Collins is the sole remaining New England Republican in Congress.

Gideon had stated that her candidacy was partially influenced by Senator Collins’ decision to vote in favour of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Gideon has raised $23 million funds from both voters in Maine and national Democratic donors. She has also already defeated two progressives: Betsy Sweet, a lobbyist, and Bre Kidman, a lawyer.

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“This campaign is about all of us, and about how we can build a stronger future together,” Gideon stated in an acceptance speech on Facebook Live.

What You Should Know

  • US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden endorsed Indian-origin American politician Sara Gideon in her race for the US Senate.
  • Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, on Tuesday officially became the Democratic nominee.
  • She is going to challenge four-time incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine in the November polls. 
  • Gideon has raised $23 million funds from both voters in Maine and national Democratic donors. 

Gideon’s Campaign

Gideons is the daughter of an Indian-American father and Armenian mother. Her father emigrated from India and worked as a pediatrician in Rhode Island. Gideon, the youngest of four children, grew up there. She eventually shifted to Maine after meeting her husband Ben Gideon, a personal injury trial lawyer.

I’m running for Senate today because I know we can take on our toughest issues and work together. We can ensure that everyone has access to health care that is excellent and affordable. To build an economy that truly works for everyone, putting the interests of working families and small businesses first, to invest in ourselves. To finally tackle special interests’ influence in our politics and return our government to the people,” she added in her Facebook Live.

Apart from Biden, Maine Governor Janet Mills has also endorsed Sara Gideon in the Maine US Senate race. She cited Gideon’s record work in the State House including affordable health care and passage of property tax relief.

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After entrepreneur Rik Mehta, Gideon is the second Indian-American to win a Senate primary race in this election season. The two have become first Indian-Americans to win the primaries in their respective states. If elected in November, she would be the second Indian-American woman to be elected to the US Senate. Kamala Harris from California is the first Indian-origin Senator to be elected.

Ria Chakraborty is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.