Krishna Bansal moved to America with a few hundred dollars and a dream. Two decades later, as a Naperville tech entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist, Krishna is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives. Krishna is grateful to this country for his achievements and wants to make sure that same opportunity, and more, are available to everyone, that contributed to his success.
US Army Veteran and former State Representative/current 6th District Republican candidate for Congress Jeanne Ives led the Pledge of Allegiance. Later, she would publicly inform the gathering of her endorsement of Krishna’s campaign.
Krishna for Congress Campaign Director, and Wheatland Township Trustee, Raquel Mitchell then sang a stirring and passionate rendition of “God Bless America.”
Mike Reilly, a Naperville Park Board Member, and former Wheatland Township Supervisor, welcomed and rallied the crowd on behalf of the Campaign Co-Chairs.
Former Naperville State Rep., and 2018 Illinois State Comptroller Republican nominee Darlene Senger, told the attendees that this was a winnable race, and that Krishna would win, because she earned over 47 percent five years ago against Bill Foster (D-Naperville). And this year Republicans, Independents, and many Democrats are fired up and ready for change. Ms. Senger is a Co-Chair of the campaign.
Republican National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte gave the keynote speech, praising the business acumen, community service, leadership, and diversity that Krishna offers. She also announced her enthusiastic endorsement of Krishna. This is a highly coveted support from a leader of national stature.
Krishna’s 17-year-old daughter Deeya shared a touching and heartfelt tribute to her dad and introduced him to the audience.
“I believe in this great nation, its values and its constitution in the entirety. This great nation has given me a lot, made my dream real. Now I want to work to keep this American dream real…for all of us” Krishna stated. His remarks focused on his major platform policy issues. These are free enterprise, fiscal discipline, family values, and a firm foreign policy. He was interrupted multiple times by applause.
He underscored his commitment for bringing the manufacturing and service jobs back, incentivizing STEM and Trade education, and streamlining the Legal immigration. As well, he expressed support for term limits and fair maps, that would take federal and state political boundary making out of the hands of the politicians, and give power to a non- partisan and mu lti-partisan entities so that voters can pick politicians rather than politicians picking voters.
Krishna also spoke strongly against the impeachment of President Trump, citing the effort as one sided and partisan, and the overturning of an election without Constitutional grounds. In a fiery speech near the end of the event Vasavi Chakka announced the formation of a grassroots group “Women for Krishna” to provide volunteer support.
Other key Kick-Off Co-Hosts included rising star Congressman Darin LaHood (R-Peoria), Will County Republican Chairman George Pearson, Kane County Circuit Clerk Tom Hartwell, Kane County Auditor Terry Hunt, and Illinois State Representatives Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville), and Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego). The strong momentum for Krishna for Congress is gaining daily
Other influential leaders who spoke in strong support of Krishna Saturday included Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider, DuPage County Republican Chairman Marty Keller. and Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, Shalabh Kumar, Dr. Bharat Barai and Schaumburg Township trustee Nimish Jani.
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