D | TX-22

Sri Preston Kulkarni

Challenger

Upholding American values at home and abroad

Sri is a lifelong public servant who spent 14 years overseas working to protect Americans at home and promote American values, serving in the Foreign Service in countries such as Israel, Iraq, and Russia. In college, Sri dropped out of school to take care of his father after he was diagnosed with leukemia. After his father passed away, medical bills left the family near bankruptcy and Sri helped raise his younger siblings.

A strong ally to tackle corporate special interests

Sri understands that Washington will never work for the people unless the corrosive grip that special interests have on our democracy is broken. Sri is not taking corporate PAC money, and will be a strong voice in Washington on behalf of fundamental reforms to change the rigged system and take on the status quo. Last cycle, he was a signer of an October 2018 letter that called for democracy reform and anti-corruption to be the first bill that a Democratic House introduced.

A competitive seat that could finally flip in 2020

Texas’ 22nd congressional district is now a swing seat. In 2018, Sri was the Democratic nominee in this district where he lost by fewer than 5 points, while Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke lost the district by less than 1 point. Sri’s strong fundraising has established him as the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Incumbent Rep. Pete Olson is retiring, making this open seat a clear pick-up opportunity for Democrats.


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