Gurinder Singh Khalsa, the Indian American man of Sikh origin who recently received the Rosa Parks Trailblazer award, will be running for City Council in Fishers, Indiana.
Khalsa, 46, is the founder and chairman of SikhsPAC, a nonpartisan political action committee founded in 2016 to support “Sikh and Sikh-minded” candidates for local, state and national office.
His decision to run for office was prompted by his interest in public policy and his desire to give back to his community.
Khlasa graduated in economics from Punjab University in India and holds a certification in marketing and business finance from the University of California in Berkeley.
He has worked with public service leaders and organizations across the state and nation.
In a statement, Khalsa said that he desires to invest in the community that has provided him with the same opportunities which have contributed to his success as a community leader.
“I desire to invest my time in Fishers – working towards collaborating with others as we address the fast-paced growth of our community and inspiring others to get involved with the community as well,” he said in a statement.
Khalsa was given the Rosa Parks Award last month for refusing to remove his turban when he was forced by TSA to do so at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York in 2007.
Since then the government has changed the TSA’s turban policy.
According to his campaign website, Khalsa will focus on economic development and would like to see more done for those parts of Fishers outside of the Downtown area as he believes that new economic developments will provide more opportunities for recent high school graduates who want to live and work in Fishers.
Khalsa’s primary is scheduled for May 7.