WASHINGTON, DC: Indian American dentist Surya Dhakar is running as a Republican for Virginia’s House of Delegates’ 56th District seat, which is held by Republican Delegate Peter Farrell, who is not seeking re-election.
Dhakar has his work cut out in a crowded primary, which will be held on June 13. The general election will take place on November 7.
Dhakar is up against four fellow Republicans: John McGuire, Graven Craig, George Goodwin and Matt C. Pinsker, apart from two Democratic candidates: Melissa M. Dart and Lizzie Drucker-Basch.
One thing going for Dhakar is that he has in a short period of time raised more money than both the Democratic candidates combined.
Blue Virginia reported that Melissa Dart raised $5,400, had $5,295 cash on hand (CoH); Lizzie Drucker-Basch raised $15,740, had $10,407 CoH; while Dhakar raised $58,173, had $57,804 CoH.
According to Ballotpedia, Dhakar was an unsuccessful candidate for the Three Chopt District seat on the Henrico County School Board in Virginia. The seat was up for general election on November 4, 2014.
Dhakar is a resident of Henrico County, Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in oceanography from the Old Dominion University and his D.D.S. from the Virginia Commonwealth University. He operates a dental practice in the Glen Allen area.
Dhakar has served as the president of the India Association of Virginia twice.