Veteran Indian American politician Kishan Putta was sworn in as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Washington D.C.’s historic Georgetown district on January 2.
With 366 votes, Putta beat out 14-year incumbent Ed Solomon, on November 6, 2018, who only had 165 votes.
Putta will serve as the ANC for the Georgetown-Burleith-Hillandale area; he formerly served as the ANC in D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, from 2013 to 2015.
Putta said he and his wife Divya Swamy used to knock on hundreds of doors, often with their baby boy Om in hand, to ask for votes.
According to The Greater Washington Web site, “Putta is a name well familiar to transit advocates and urbanists across the city. He is a passionate and tireless advocate, and was an essential force in the campaign for bus lanes on 16th Street NW when he lived and served as a commissioner near Dupont Circle.”
Putta is an outreach consultant at DC HealthLink and was recently named chair of the DC Democratic Party’s AAPI Caucus.
Putta also serves on the Parent’s Cabinet for the DC public school system, and on the community board of local PBS station WETA.