Here’s a little bit about me:
I was born in India and immigrated to Georgia as a child. Both my parents relied on MARTA to commute to their hourly jobs and support our family. Over 30 years later, my mom remains an hourly worker. My dad eventually got a job working for the City of Atlanta, where he worked for more than two decades before being laid off during the recession.
I grew up attending racially and socioeconomically diverse public schools. I was fortunate and had excellent teachers. However, nearly half of my freshman class did not graduate from high school. And while my parents did not have savings to pay for college, I was able to obtain a scholarship to attend the University of Georgia.
My life experience—growing up working class, as a minority, and an immigrant—has instilled a strong desire in me to fight for a Georgia that provides educational and economic opportunity to all Georgians and that treats all Georgians fairly and equally.
After college, I taught briefly in an elementary school in a disadvantaged Atlanta neighborhood. I gained firsthand insight into the challenges facing schools and teachers, as well as kids growing up in low-income communities. I also met my amazing wife, Serene, who was also a teacher.
I returned to UGA for law school. Following graduation, I clerked for a federal judge before joining Bondurant Mixson & Elmore.
As a litigator, I represent individuals and businesses in their pursuit of justice and defend those accused of wrongdoing. Among others, I have represented the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, GALEO, and others in challenging Georgia’s discriminatory statewide redistricting maps and argued against those maps alongside Rep. John Lewis.
In January 2016, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but fortunately had health insurance, a supportive employer, and amazing family and friends. Following surgery and radiation, a scan in December 2016 revealed that I was cancer free.
With that news, and outraged and frustrated by the results of the presidential election, Serene and I decided we needed to do more to build the type of community we want to see for our children, our neighbors, and all Georgians.
Serene and I have made our home in East Atlanta for the past decade, and we love living in the district. My daughter attends the public school a few blocks from our house, and my son will join her there when he gets to kindergarten.
I care deeply about District 89 and with your help I’ll work tirelessly to make it—and the state of Georgia—a better place for all of us to live and work.
Thanks for stopping by. -Sachin