Forbes: Raja’s campaign has gained momentum
Raja was recently featured in Forbes. To read the full article, click here.
Attorney and entrepreneur Raja Krishnamoorthi is seeking to represent Illinois’s 8th Congressional district, where he faces a March 15th primary contest before the general election.
The son of Indian immigrants, Krishnamoorthi, 41, brings a long track record of both public and private sector experience to the race. His previous government work includes serving as Illinois’ Deputy Treasurer, and running the state’s technology venture capital fund. In 2006, the State Attorney General appointed him Special Assistant Attorney General in her anti-corruption Public Integrity Unit. He was also a member of the Illinois Housing Development Authority and Vice-Chairman of the Illinois Innovation Council. Prior to that, he worked as issues director for Barack Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign.
In the private sector, Krishnamoorthi currently serves as President of Sivananthan Labs and Episolar, Inc., small businesses that develop and sell products in the national security and renewable energy arenas. He is a co-founder of InSPIRE, a non-profit organization dedicated to training Illinois students and veterans in solar technology.
In Krishnamoorthi’s view, his exhaustive experience in both government and the private sector has afforded him a unique understanding of the challenges facing the U.S. economy and their implications for families and future workers across the state. “In a time of scarce resources, government, non-profits and businesses have to work together to get anything done. As a small businessman and a former public servant, I am the only candidate with the experience to get the public and private sectors talking to each other and building on our collective strengths to help working families,” the candidate explains.
Signs are emerging that Krishnamoorthi’s campaign has gained the momentum necessary to get him past the finish line. Once widely perceived as the underdog in a crowded primary field, he is now touted as the frontrunner.
Krishnamoorthi’s fundraising numbers and endorsements reflect the strength of his campaign. He has amassed nearly $1 million in contributions so far, dwarfing the fundraising figures of all his primary opponents. He has also won a host of prominent endorsements: former senior Obama aide David Axelrod has endorsed Krishnamoorthi, as have five members of the Illinois’ Congressional delegation. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi added her voice to the chorus of former and current members of Congress endorsing Krishnamoorthi’s candidacy.
The independent, nonpartisan Cook Report has rated the 8th Congressional district as “Solid Democratic.” If Krishnamoorthi can win the primary, chances are high that he will prevail in the general election.