Washington: Kal Penn, noted Indian-American actor-turned-political activist, has endorsed ex-White House tech czar Aneesh Chopra`s bid for Virginia Lt Governor.
"I know he represents a new and sorely needed approach to government. He will work tirelessly for a state government that works better and fairer for all, and respects and empowers Virginians no matter who they are.
I`ve seen him do this on behalf of the President, and I`m excited to give him a hand as he does this in Virginia," Kal Penn said in an e-mail urging people of Virginia to support Chopra in his maiden electoral venture.
Kal Penn, has a national appeal among the youths in the country and in the November presidential elections, President Barack Obama had tapped him to galvanise young American voters.
Both Kal Penn and Aneesh Chopra worked together in the White House in the first term of the Obama Administration.
"I`m excited that Aneesh is tapping into the energy that propelled President Obama and Tim Kaine to victory last November. That`s why I`m asking you to join with me and help Aneesh Chopra raise USD 20,000 by March 31. It`s a big goal, I know! And your contribution will help Aneesh mobilise young voters across Virginia and deliver victory on Election Day," Kal Penn wrote, adding that he is proud to support Chopra.
"Aneesh can win on Election Day. He can be Virginia`s next Lt Governor - one who inspires the people of Virginia and fights for a better government for all. But he can only do that if you and I stand with him and build a campaign that can win. It`s going to be tough, but together we can do it," Kal Penn said in the e-mail.
If elected, he would be the first Indian-American to hold the top post in Virginia.
"I decided to run for Lieutenant Governor because I firmly believe that our state government can be smarter, faster, better, and fairer for all Virginians. This is a message that is resonating across the Commonwealth, and I look forward to engaging with more Virginians on it in the coming months," he said in a statement earlier.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Chopra has spent his life focusing on education and innovation. His father immigrated to the US in 1966, and enrolled in the engineering programme at Villanova University and went on to earn three patents for his work in the refrigeration industry.
He attended Johns Hopkins University and then the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Given his talent, he was tapped by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as his Secretary of Technology.
In 2009, Obama appointed him as the nation`s first Chief Technology Officer, a post he served with distinction for two years.
In this role, he was charged with promoting innovation to address the nation`s most urgent priorities -- from creating jobs to reducing health care costs and keeping our nation secure. As with his work in Virginia, Aneesh brought new energy to tackle some of our nation`s biggest problems.
Upon his departure to run for office, Obama said, "His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come, and I thank him for his outstanding service."