Will fight to tax the rich, heal the sick and house the poor: Mira Nair's son Zohran Kwame Mamdani wins election in New York State Assembly


Indian-Ugandan Zohran Kwame Mamdani, son of filmmaker Mira Nair, has won the election for New York State Assembly, one of two candidates of Indian-origin elected to NY state office.

Announcing the big news, he tweeted, "It's official: we won. I'm going to Albany to fight to tax the rich, heal the sick, house the poor & build a socialist New York. But I can't do it alone. To win socialism, we'll need a mass movement of the multiracial working class as well. So let's build one." 

He added, "Next year @nycDSA will be working to help us tax the wealthiest New Yorkers, pass universal rent control & stop construction of a fracked gas power plant in Astoria. Alone, we’re just people. But together, we can be a mass movement. Join & fight with us:"

A report in patch.com said Mamdani, 29, Democratic nominee for the 36th Assembly District, ran unopposed in the general election after defeating incumbent Assembly Member Aravella Simotas in the Democratic primary election in June.

He had got 8,410 votes or 51.2 percent of the ballots cast in the June primary while Simotas had got 48.6 percent of the votes. Mamdani got an automatic win once the polls closed Tuesday night in New York City.

In a tweet, Nair said "And Zohran is in! Change is gonna come."

(Source: Twitter)