Indian-American community leader Tara Sreekrishnan has announced that she will run for the California State Assembly from District 26 as a Democrat.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, the district covers Santa Clara County, including the cities of Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Clara, and North and West San Jose.
Serving on the Santa Clara County Board of Education since 2021, Tara (30) is charged with overseeing a combined 270,000 students across the county’s 31 school districts and balancing a budget of $300 million.
In her campaign statement, Tara, also a former piano teacher at a music academy in Cupertino, said she wants to tackle issues such as climate change, education, affordable housing, and safe communities.
“It is important to recognize the challenges facing our citizens: housing affordability, climate change, traffic congestion, and an education system that needs strengthening. Addressing these challenges – and spending tax dollars effectively and efficiently – is why I am running for the State Assembly,” his statement read.
“I understand what it takes to make California fiscally responsible, improve our education system so our children have future career opportunities, and to ensure our communities are safe, clean and affordable,” he added. he.
According to Tara, she is the right choice for District 26, with professional experience at all levels of local government — school district, city, county, and state.
“I wrote and passed legislation that improved housing for the homeless, modernized our schools, prevented drug overdoses among young people, and expanded job training and apprenticeship programs,” he said on his campaign website.
Crediting her immigrant parents, Tara said her inspiration for public service came from them as they taught her the value of education and giving back to her community.
Tara graduated from Mills College, the oldest women’s college on the West Coast, following which she began working as a community and political organizer for grassroots campaigns.
Serving on several local non-profit boards, he co-founded Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action (SVYCA), which empowers hundreds of students across Santa Clara County to fight climate change through influential educational and policy initiatives.
He served as a top aide and advisor to State Senator Dave Cortese in the state legislature and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, drafting and passing a variety of legislation and successfully navigating bureaucracies for constituents.