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Subodh Chandra loses election

By Staff
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New York, May 4 (UNI) Indian-American Subodh Chandra, who ran in the Democratic Party primary election in order to run for the post of attorney general in Ohio, has lost the election.

Mr Chandra had received a number of endorsements, including some from newspapers, in the run-up to the primary held on May 2.

''There had been a huge momentum before the election and it had something to do with endorsements,'' Mr Chandra told UNI over the telephone.''But inadequate financing was one of the factors for my loss.'' Marc Dann won the primary votes with a 3-1 ratio. The Indian-American candidate conceded his defeat in a call to Dann, 44.

The candidate had toured across Ohio and elsewhere in the United States meeting Indian-Americans to raise funds. Asked whether Indian-Americans had extended full support to his candidacy, Mr Chandra said the community's involvement should have been more.

''Some support came. More support could have been beneficial and won the race for me,'' he said.

A political newcomer, Mr Chandra was impressive when he spoke about his legal expertise and showed his rhetorical skills. He handled humorously and adroitly his Indian-American heritage when voters asked him about his ethnic origin.

Despite his hectic campaign, Mr Chandra, a former Cleveland law director, suffered from a lack of name recognition outside the Cuyahoga County.

The Plain Dealer, a Cleveland newspaper, while endorsing him highlighted his legal work, wrote ''Chandra, by virtue of proven private and public legal accomplishment, his exceptional stewardship over the Cleveland Law Department, his fine intellect and his plans to target political corruption, should be the (Democratic) nominee.'' There have been a number of scams allegedly involving Republican office holders in Ohio in recent years, and Mr Chandra had expressed a pro-consumer stance similar to the one espoused by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

''Democrats shouldn't miss the opportunity to select such a qualified and determined candidate,'' The Beacon Journal, published from Akron, said.

Former American envoy to India Richard Celeste has been one of Mr Chandra's strong supporters. Vinod Khosla and Kanwal Rekhi were among his Silicon Valley backers. Mr Chandra, who speaks Hindi fluently, was born in Oklahoma City. His Marwari family migrated from Hyderabad about 40 years ago.

Mr Chandra said he would continue to practice law and added he was committed to the public in the future. He also did not rule out the possibility of contesting again for the post of attorney general.

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