Racism loses as New Jersey elects first Sikh mayor


Ravinder Bhalla has become the first ever Sikh mayor of New Jersey's Hoboken city after a stiff competition that turned ugly when he was labelled a terrorist in slanderous flyers.

The fifth big win of the night was Dimple Ajmera, to City Council, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Elections were held on November 7 for the state executive, including governors, legislative, municipal and school boards in New Jersey and Virginia and for other state bodies, local boards, judicial bodies and vacancies in other states.

Despite racist flyers circulating in their communities, three targeted New Jersey candidates won elections in their respective races Tuesday.

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Following his victory, NJ.com reports Bhalla told a crowded bar of his supporters, "Thank you for having faith in me, for having faith in our community, faith in our state, and faith in our country; this is what America is all about". She and a Chinese American candidate, Jerry Shi, were targeted in mailings that said that they should both be deported and that "Chinese and Indians are taking over our town". Chinese schools (these language learning school run over the weekend mostly)! "Cricket fields! Enough is enough!"

The hate-encrusted Mayoral polls in Hoboken were condemned by Ravi Bhalla's rival, Mike DeFusco, who had originally created the flyer, associating Bhalla with a "potential conflict of interest", a markedly more decent means of combating a rival than outright calling them a terrorist.

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It had seemed to be a doctored version, according to local authorities, of an attack-mailer sent by one of his rivals, that had said nothing about terrorism. Bhalla has been working to have a discussion at the state and national level against bullying in schools, especially the Sikh children who face more discrimination than other ethnicities.