Murali Srinivasan, an Indian American engineer, lately received a seat on the town council of Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley, California, by a single vote.
“It was the closest election in Sunnyvale’s historical past. Although I used to be trailing, the development was beneficial as extra ballots have been counted. There have been adequate ballots for me to go previous the end line by one vote. This election proves that in each democracy, everybody ought to take part and each vote counts,” Srinivasan instructed the Occasions of India about his historic victory from District 3 of Sunnyvale. Given the slimmest of the margins, Santa Clara County’s registrar of voters mechanically performed a recount earlier than Srinivasan was declared the winner.
“The registrar of voters (much like district Election Commissioner in India) had accomplished guide recounting earlier than this recount request. The guide recount and the machine counting matched precisely,” Srinivasan mentioned in regards to the recount course of.
Born and raised in Bengaluru, Srinivasan immigrated to the US to pursue his American dream after finishing an undergraduate diploma in engineering. He began his engineering profession within the Silicon Valley after a grasp’s diploma in pc science from Virginia Tech and later bought a masters in administration from Stanford University.
A resident for over twenty years of the district that he’ll now be representing; Srinivasan can be specializing in bettering residents’ participation within the metropolis’s governance and insurance policies, by outreach.
“That is the following step of democracy after electing the representatives. As well as, I can be addressing the problems that the town faces similar to housing, site visitors, local weather change, and public security,” he mentioned.
Like many Indians in Silicon Valley, Srinivasan has had a profitable profession within the software program and IT trade and has been a serial entrepreneur as effectively company government at massive corporations together with Solar Microsystems and General Electric. However for greater than 15 years, he has additionally been concerned locally by contributing time and expertise.
“I’ve been a neighborhood and neighbourhood volunteer and chief in Sunnyvale and was recognised because the ‘Distinguished Resident of Sunnyvale’ in 2021 for my contributions to the neighborhood,” he mentioned. He now desires to contribute his expertise to the town by serving on the council as an extension to his neighborhood and neighbourhood actions.
Srinivasan additionally helps charities in India associated to schooling, well being, and atmosphere. “I assist college students from low earnings households. I’m planning to assist mentor entrepreneurs in India,” he mentioned.
An energetic member of the Indian American neighborhood within the Silicon Valley; he organised the primary Diwali pageant in Sunnyvale.
“We additionally organised Indian cultural exhibitions on the Arts & Wine pageant and the Heritage Museum,” he mentioned. Srinivasan is concerned with organisations which can be addressing points essential for the Indian American neighborhood similar to hate crimes and immigration.

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