Atlanta Journal Constitution: Jason Carter Endorses Sachin Varghese for District 89

Jason Carter has weighed in on the race to replace House Minority Stacey Abrams in the Georgia Legislature.

The ex-gubernatorial candidate endorsed Sachin Varghese, an attorney and former student-body president at UGA who works at the Bondurant Mixson & Elmore law firm with Carter.

“I’ve known Sachin Varghese for over a decade, so I speak from experience when I say that he’s an exceptional lawyer, a dedicated family man, and a Georgian of the highest character and integrity,” Carter said in an endorsement. “In fact, Sachin is exactly the kind of leader we need in the state house, and that’s why I am proud to endorse him for Georgia House District 89.”

Bee Nguyen, a nonprofit founder and Democratic operative, is also in the race to represent the heavily-Democratic district. Abrams announced earlier this month she was, er, “exploring” a run for governor.

India West: “Attorney Sachin Varghese to Run for Georgia State Legislature; Pledges Strong Grassroots Effort”

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An Indian American attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, Sachin Varghese, announced April 27 he has filed paperwork declaring his candidacy for the state legislature.

Varghese, if elected, would become the first Indian American member of the Georgia state legislature, according to a news release distributed by his office.

The attorney said his candidacy for state representative of District 89, a seat that has been held by House Minority Leader and State Rep. Stacey Abrams for about 12 years, is contingent on Abrams seeking a statewide post.

“Minority Leader Abrams has been a potent and effective voice for District 89 for nearly a dozen years,” Varghese, a Democrat, said in a statement.

“Should she run for higher office,” Varghese said the people of the district need someone in office to build a better chance for everyone in the state.

“I believe that the constituents of our district deserve continued strong and capable representation,” he said, “and I offer myself for the district as an attorney committed to building greater opportunity for each and every Georgian.”

A graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia law school, Varghese is currently an attorney at Bondurant Mixson and Elmore. His work has been highlighted with recognition as a legal rising star in the state.

Among some of his work includes representing the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, among others. Additionally, he worked with Congressman John Lewis, Rep. Abrams and state Sen. Elena Parent in challenging Republican gerrymandering in 2011.

“As we saw in 2011, and again in this last legislative session with HB 515, Republicans will continue to use redistricting to disenfranchise minority voters and suppress Democratic voters,” Varghese added. “I’m running to take the fight to them on this issue and to take a strong stand for open and fair elections.”

Already, Varghese has earned support from other elected officials, including Rep. Scott Holcomb and Sen. Emanuel Jones.

“Sachin will be a strong advocate for District 89 and all Georgians, and that’s why I’m supporting his candidacy if leader Abrams seeks another office,” said Holcomb, who added he has known the Indian American for some time and that he will do a “terrific job representing the community.”

Added Jones of Varghese, “He will be a passionate and able advocate for DeKalb residents at the Capitol and that is why I wholeheartedly support him should leader Abrams offer herself for higher office.”

Varghese pledged to run a strong grassroots effort and in two days leading into his announcement has raised nearly $60,000 in support.

News India Times: “Indian American attorney Sachin Varghese seeks seat in Georgia State House”

An Indian-American attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia, has begun planning a run for the State House and has already garnered some significant endorsements from state Democrats.

Sachin Varghese, 35, has filed the necessary papers for a run for the George State House from District 89. Whether he becomes a contender depends on the current incumbent choosing to run for higher office. House Minority Leader and State Representative Stacey Abrams, is according to news reports, expected to enter the gubernatorial race, and may make an announcement to that effect over the next month.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, with a law degree from UG Law School, Varghese has worked on issues which he is passionate about, he told News India Times. He already has a campaign manager and advisors, as well as a website sachinforgeorgia.com. Several volunteers including some Indian-Americans want to work on his campaign, and he expects more high profile endorsements, in the near future.

Varghese represented the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, and others, working with civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis, D-Georgia; State Rep. Abrams, and State Senator Elena Parent in challenging redistricting in 2011.

“Sachin will be a strong advocate for District 89 and all Georgians, and that’s why I’m supporting his candidacy if Leader Abrams seeks another office,” Rep. Holcomb is quoted saying in a press release from Varghese’s campaign. “I’ve known him for a long time. He’s smart, has common sense, and works really hard. He will do a terrific job representing his community at the Gold Dome and I encourage everyone to support him.”

“I was Chairman of the Black Caucus when Sachin represented us, and I witnessed first-hand his commitment to fighting injustice,” said Sen. Emanuel Jones. “He will be a passionate and able advocate for DeKalb residents at the Capitol and that is why I wholeheartedly support him should Leader Abrams offer herself for higher office.”

District 89 is a safe Democratic district that Abrams has represented for 12 years. If she leaves office, the Governor will have to call a special election to fill the remainder of her term. The winner has to get more than 50 percent of the vote, or the two top vote-getters go into a runoff election.

While Varghese is currently the only candidate who has declared his intent, it’s entirely possible he may face one or more opponents. The Democratic primary is scheduled for May 2018. So Varghese has a few hoops to jump.

He told News India Times estimates the race for the 89th District seat could cost upward of $200,000. “We have already raised $65,000 in the first three days ,” Varghese said.

He is reluctant to describe himself as a “political activist.”

“I have worked on issues I am passionate about through my profession,” he said. “One of the reasons I am running is because I want to be able to fight for all those issues — such as against discrimination and for criminal justice reform, at the state level,” he added.

Reflecting on his own journey, coming to this country as a child, being fortunate to have lived the American Dream, Varghese said, “One of the primary drivers of why I am running is I don’t think we do a good enough job of providing opportunities to large segments of our population. I hope to do that,” Varghese said.

Varghese was born in Mavelikara, Kerala, and came with his mother when he was one and a half years old. His father joined them later, studied engineering, and ended up working at the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management. Varghese was brought up largely in Norcross, Georgia, attending public schools. For the last 9 years, he has been living in Atlanta. Apart from his law degree, Varghese also has a Masters in Public Administration. He is also a cancer survivor. Varghese is married to Serene. The couple has two children, Dahlia and Omar.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: “The race to replace Stacey Abrams in the Georgia House has already kicked off.”

by Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman, and Jim Galloway

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The race to replace Stacey Abrams in the Georgia House has already kicked off.

With Abrams widely expected to run for governor, attorney Sachin Varghese said Thursday he’ll run for her Atlanta-based House district. Varghese is an attorney at Bondurant Mixson & Ellmore – the same firm where Jason Carter works – and is a former student body president at the University of Georgia.

“Should she run for higher office, I believe that the constituents of our district deserve continued strong and capable representation, and I offer myself for the district as an attorney committed to building greater opportunity for each and every Georgian,” Varghese said in a statement.

He’ll have the support of state Rep. Scott Holcomb, an Atlanta Democrat and a powerbroker in DeKalb. Holcomb said “he’s smart, has common sense, and works really hard.”

It could be a crowded field. Among the other names we’ve heard for the seat is Bee Nguyen, a Democratic strategist who helped engineer state Rep. Sam Park’s upset victory in a conservative-leaning Gwinnett district.

Then there’s the potential race to replace Abrams as leader of the Democratic caucus in the House. More on that later.