Andhra Pradesh-born Manga Anantatmula, has announced that she will run for U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th Congressional District. According to her website, Anantatmula has already become a presumptive nominee of Republican Party in a district that’s said to be a Democratic bastion.
The state’s 11th District comprises mostly the affluent Fairfax County on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., and has about 17 percent Asian population, including an estimated 7 percent Indian Americans.
Anantatmula told the Press Trust of India that “this time a large number of Democratic party supporters are moving towards the Republican party because of the current political situation and due to the successful policies of President Donald Trump.”
She says on her website that she is running her campaign on the platform of reducing taxes, equal rights for women, helping the growth of small and medium business and affordable healthcare.
On her website, Anantatmula, who says her first name Manga — means “Making AmericaNs Great Again,” — has worked as a federal government contractor in defense acquisitions program management.
She says on her website that she “wants to be a voice, not a noise” for the community, particularly the Hindu Americans.
In her recent tweets she has supported India’s stand on Kashmir and the Citizenship Amendment Act and building of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
“I am a proven transformational leader for innovative approach to solving complex problems with integrity, passion, work ethics, and hard work,” she says on her website.
“As a professional, I worked for federal government agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Marine, DoD, and DHS as a small business owner and a consultant, rising to the ranks of defense acquisitions program management.”
She told PTI that she is “the only Indian American who continues to fight the discrimination in admission in IV League Schools,” adding that her fight resulted in 25 percent more admissions of Indian American students in 2019. She has also been critical of recent stand of the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom on India.
She completed her schooling from Chennai and graduated from the Agra University before coming to the U.S., with her husband and son Vishnu. She joined the workforce after she got her green card.
Vishnu, who joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) in his freshman year and was commissioned as aofficer in the U.S. Navy after completing his undergraduate studies.