The South Asian Times

23 January 2018 07:19 AM

SARI celebrates Vin Gopal's victory

New Jersey: An evening to celebrate Monmouth County small-business owner and newly elected youngest state senator Vin Gopal was held on November 17th. Organized by South Asian Registration Initiatives (SARI) and led by prominent and successful business entrepreneur Ritesh Shah at Monroe Adult Day Care Center in Millstone Township here, the event was attended by more than 200 supporters, volunteers and community leaders. Senator-elect Vin Gopal won by more than 4,000 votes defeating long-time incumbent politician Jennifer Beck.   

Born in Neptune Township and raised in Freehold Township, Gopal will be the first Indian-American senator to be elected as a state senator in New Jersey.  “It is time for new leadership to tackle New Jersey's grave fiscal problems to help small business owners and hard-working middle class families,” said Senator-elect Gopal in his appreciation address to his volunteers, community supporters, business owners and prominent community leaders.

He added that Monmouth County needs a Senator who will battle with the insiders in Trenton, not just show up and work only for few people. “I will be your Senator who will spend every day fighting to lower property taxes, one who will work constantly to eliminate the red tape imposed on small businesses and fight against raising minimum wage increase which will destroy small business owners in NJ,” said Senator-elect Gopal.   He also added that we needed a Senator who is going to do what’s right in funding women’s health care policies, not use the Senate to fulfill their own personal wishes and ambitions. “As your Senator, I will spend every day fighting against Trenton insiders and fighting for the needs of working people.  That is my pledge to the residents of Monmouth County."

NJ’s 11th Legislative District’s re-elected officials Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey and NJ’s 33rd Legislative District’s third time elected Assemblyman Raj Mukherji were among the many local public officials who addressed the audience and thanked everyone for their contributions in electing Vin Gopal and urged everyone to stay engaged in the future to fight against discrimination and help elected more South Asians at all levels.  

Edison Township Councilman Ajay Patil, Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett and South Brunswick Board of Education re-elected member Deven Patel were amongst the local elected officials to attend the evening to be a part of victory celebration.

Ritesh Shah, SARI chair welcomed everyone and stated that South Asian communities in Monmouth County voted three times more than previous election years to elect Vin Gopal and broke the barrier and myth of Asian communities not getting involved in elections or political process.  

Update: 02 Dec, 2017

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