Naperville community leader and small business owner, Vasavi Chakka, announced her official campaign kick-off for Naperville City Council Jan. 16, 2021. She is the first Indian-American to run for the City Council, according to a press release from Asian Media USA.
Illinois Congressional District 8 Rep. Raja Krishnamurthy endorsed Chakka at her campaign kickoff event saying, “I am proud to support Vasavi Chakka for Naperville City Council. I think she will do an excellent job. All of you know Vasavi, she is a small business owner, a mom, a wife, and she is a member of the community trying to make difference every day.”
Krishnamoorthi went on to say that Chakka’s run on the historic Martin Luther King weekend, “I cannot think of a better way of celebrating than making sure that the City Council of Naperville looks like Naperville. Thank you so much and let’s get out there and help her. God Bless”
Several dignitaries from Naperville and neighboring cities attended the event and shared their strong support for Chakka. Among them are former member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 41st district Darlene Senger; Naperville Councilman Kevin Coyne; and Naperville Councilman Paul Hinterlong, all praising Chakka’s commitment to the Naperville community.
Chakka’s husband Dr. Sudhakar Chakka, daughter Siri Chakka, and son Prahith Chakka were there to support her as well.
Indian community leaders from prominent organizations also attended in a show of support, including Dinkar Karumuri, Uma Katiki, Ratna Kapur, Anica Dubey, Krishna Bansal, Dr. Vijay Prabhakar, Ajeet Singh, Martino Ma Santhosh
“I am running for Naperville City Council because I deeply care about this community. It has been my home for the past 16 years. My husband and I moved here to provide as many opportunities as we can to our kids for them to thrive. Now, I would like to make sure that the same or even better opportunities are available for the people who live and raise families in the Naperville community,” the press release quotes Chakka saying at the kickoff.
She outlined her priorities as “fostering trust and public safety, promoting smart economic development, and investing in our infrastructure are important issues, however before we can advance to accomplish these, we need to address the most important factor: investing in better human relationships. We need to heal the community from the painful effects of the pandemic and social unrest. We are all people and need to connect through the basic values of humanity.”
“I will be honored to earn your support and vote on April 6th and I am humbled by your overwhelming support at this event,” Chakka said launching her bid.