California farmer of Sikh faith elected to Sutter County Board of Supervisors

Karm Bains becomes the first Indian American of Sikh faith to serve on the Sutter County Board of Supervisors in California. Photo: Karm Bains 2020 Facebook

Northern California farmer Karm Bains was elected to the 4th District County Supervisor seat on the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, according to results released Nov. 10, 2020. He is the first Sikh to serve on this body, according to news reports.

Bains defeated Tej Mann who served on the Yuba City council for eight years and retired as the director of Yuba County Environmental Health.

With all 12 precincts reporting, Bains won 5,396 votes, almost 61 percent while Mann got 39 percent of the vote: 3,448, according to Sutter County’s website.


Bains will succeed Jim Whiteaker who became the Sutter County Supervisor for District 4 in November 2002.

“I have real plans to tackle homelessness, keep neighborhoods safe, support our first responders, protect our water, make schools better & safer, improve our roads and create more jobs,” Bains says on his campaign website.

Bains has served in various local communities including as a trustee on the Sutter County Board of Education, Yuba City Planning Commission, Yuba City Economic Development Commission, Fremont Rideout Health Foundation Board, Yuba Sutter Fair Board, California State Agricultural Commission and Agricultural Leadership Foundation Board.

Born in Yuba City, California, Bains is a fourth-generation Indian-American. He grew uip working on the family farm. He went on to Yuba Community College and California State University Fresno, where he studied Agricultural Science.






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