(TRENTON) -- Today, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee’s South Asian American Caucus (SAAC) is highlighting its members that are serving as delegates and volunteers at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28, where the party is expected to approve a national platform and nominate Hillary Clinton as its presidential nominee.

Among the pledged delegates from the New Jersey South Asian community are Dr. Khyati Joshi, the current SAAC Co-chair, who will be supporting the nomination of Hillary Clinton and Peter Jacob, the Democratic nominee in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.

“We are proud that the political activism of New Jersey’s South Asian American community -- and our South Asian American Caucus in particular -- is being showcased on the national stage. It is critical to our success that we remain involved in the electoral process, and we will be looking to make a meaningful contribution to the Convention,” said Dr. Joshi.

Members of SAAC will also be serving as convention volunteers. Notably. Rajiv Parikh, who serves as Counsel for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, will continue to provide legal guidance to the state party's executive leadership. And SAAC's Hudson County Director, Amit Jani, will be serving as a liaison to Asian American Pacific Islander media at the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention proceedings will take place.

“With over 3.4 million South Asian American across the country, it is important that our community has a voice during this historic event,” said SAAC Co-chair Satish Poondi. "And I am glad to see members of New Jersey's South Asian American community working to unify the party behind Hillary Clinton and for our shared vision for the future -- one that continues to break down barriers for everyday Americans while preserving the hard-earned progress made by President Barack Obama."

New Jersey currently has the third largest South Asian population in the United States, with over 350,000 South Asians residing in the state. It also has one of the most diverse populations within the South Asian community, including residents of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan descent.


The South Asian American Caucus is a statewide platform within New Jersey's Democratic State Committee to discuss issues important to the South Asian community and to support and elevate members of our community interested in pursuing elected office. The leadership of the South Asian American Caucus believes in the core democratic values of equal opportunity and economic justice, as well as the rights of women, minorities and immigrants to participate fully and equally in the promise of the United States.

Media Contact: Amit Jani, <tel:201-864-0600>

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