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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 17

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Ritesh Tandon

Independent Small Businessman
33,527 votes (21.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Economy: Protect Silicon Valley Companies, Low Taxes, Less Govt. Regulation, Protect Tax Cut and Jobs Act 2017. Today historic low unemployment number 3.4% and historic high Dow Jones Industrial average 2800+ Silicon Valley companies are innovating
  • Development: Create better education opportunities for our children. No affirmative action during college admission, increase teacher's pay in school & colleges to attract best talent
  • California Issue: Help our homeless, Support Prop 13, Alleviate Bay Area Traffic Congestion

Experience

Experience

Profession:Small Business Owner
CEO/President, Stealth Mode (2019–current)
Senior Director, GN (2011–2017)
Engineering, Technical Marketing, Cisco (2009–2011)

Education

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, USA Master of Science (MS), Computer Engineering (2011)
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, USA Master of Business Administration (MBA), Management (2007)
LD Collge of Engineering Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (1996)

Community Activities

Executive Committe, Sankara Eye Foundation (2000–2019)
President, UPMA (Non Profit Organization) (2015–2019)

Biography

After two decades in Silicon Valley, Indian American engineer and businessman Ritesh Tandon is running for Congress in the South Bay.  He has built a successful career in technology at the same time that he has been a leader in helping others through his work with nonprofits.

 

Tandon says, "Over two decades ago, I immigrated to this country as a student searching for the American Dream. I found it here in the heart of our Bay Area, while studying for my MS and MBA at Santa Clara University. I believe this community is the greatest in our nation and it angers me to see the Washington D.C. elite ignore our values of strong family devotion and hard work. It will be my top priority to represent you, not entrenched party bosses."

 

“As a former President of a non-profit, I see how many Bay Area families are struggling to make ends meet. As a father, I know the $23-trillion national debt is stealing our children’s future. As an independent small businessman, I understand the crushing burden of job-killing regulations.”

 

Professionally, Ritesh Tandon worked on unified communications products for Cisco, first in engineering, then technical marketing.  Then he managed strategic alliances for Jabra, which makes wireless headphones.  He and his wife founded their own startup, which will develop and market hardware devices.

 

At the same time Ritesh served as an executive committee member of the Sankara Eye Foundation, which has established nine hospitals in India to eradicate curable blindness.  He raised millions of dollars for the hospitals and helped select the site for one of them.  He also served as a volunteer and then president for five years of UPMA, an organization which supports education and childcare of poor kids in India.

 

Ritesh Tandon is running in District 17, which includes Newark, Fremont, Milpitas, North San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino (see the map).  He is challenging incumbent Ro Khanna, who is serving as a national co-chair of Bernie Sanders' campaign.

 

The grandson of a freedom fighter for Indian independence, Ritesh Tandon grew up in northern India and earned a B.S. degree in engineering at L. D. College of Engineering, where he also captained the cricket team.  After coming to the United States, he earned an M.S. in computer engineering and an MBA at Santa Clara University, where he also met and married Zurica Dhar, a fellow computer engineer.  They have two children and live in San Jose.

 

You can find out more about Ritesh on his campaign website, tandonforcongress.com.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Ritesh Tandon:

Will try new creative ideas to generate revenue. Will avoid increasing tax on people

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Ritesh Tandon:

Reduce Drug Cost

Reduce Regulation and cut down unnecessary cost

Include pre-existing condition

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Ritesh Tandon:

Support Legal Immigration

Support Green Cards on Merit basis and clear all backlogs

 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $49,310

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Ritesh Tandon
$3,001
2
AMERICANS4HINDUS
$2,800
2
Employees of Kaiser Permanente
$2,800
3
Employees of Ram Tulsi Llc
$2,500
4
Employees of Cervin Ventures
$2,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 97.59%
Tennessee 1.34%
New Jersey 0.67%
Arizona 0.40%
97.59%

By Size:

Large contributions (75.91%)
Small contributions (24.09%)
75.91%24.09%

By Type:

From organizations (8.71%)
From individuals (91.29%)
8.71%91.29%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Over two decades ago, I immigrated to this country as a student searching for the American Dream. I found it here in the heart of our Bay Area. I believe this community is the greatest in our nation and it angers me to see the Washington D.C. elite ignore our values of strong family devotion and hard work. It will be my top priority to represent you, not entrenched party bosses.

As a former President of a non-profit, I see how many Bay Area families are struggling to make ends meet. As a father, I know the $23-trillion national debt is stealing our children’s future. As an independent small businessman, I understand the crushing burden of job-killing regulations.

You can count on me to champion smart and efficient health care that will alleviate the financial strain on working class families. I also support immigration policies that protect us, while expediting the process for law-abiding residents that contribute to our economy. We must also have real education reform that gives our students more choices in school and in the workforce.

I am running for Congress because I am grateful for all this community has given me and I want to serve you. Let’s work together, reject partisan politics and find common sense solutions to ease the burden on all Bay Area families.

I’m thankful for the love and support of my wife of 19 years, Zurica.  I would appreciate your vote.

Videos (1)

— January 15, 2020 Dr. Marion Sanchez

Ritesh Vision and Plan

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