Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s sister Susheela Jayapal became the first South Asian to be elected in Oregon in the western US State yesterday.
She won the District 2 seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners with 57 per cent of the vote. She will represent North and Northeast Portland commissioner’s seat. Susheela, a former corporate lawyer and longtime community volunteer, defeated construction contractor Sharon Maxwell and two others. In an interview, Susheela said her first priority is housing, homelessness and to create an ombudsman’s office.