U.S. House of Representatives – California 17th Congressional District Candidates 🏠🏖️

Candidates Source: Ballotpedia

As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress’s two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. (house.gov)

We have two candidates running this year for district 17, Ro Khanna and Ritesh Tandon.
Cities in District 17: Cupertino, Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale

If you’re interested in hearing the candidates opinions on current issues (immigration, police reform, coronavirus) check out the San Jose Spotlight’s Q&A with both candidates:

Ro Khanna (D) – Campaign Website

Ro Khanna (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing California’s 17th Congressional District. He assumed office on January 3, 2017. His current term ends on January 3, 2021. In 2016, Khanna won election to the seat, beating eight-term incumbent Mike Honda (D) by 51,344 votes. Khanna was re-elected to the seat in 2018 after beating Republican Ron Cohen in the general election by a vote of 75 percent to 25 percent, capturing over 107,000 more votes than Cohen.

Khanna accepts donations solely from individuals and proposed the creation of the No PAC Caucus in the House of Representatives.


  • Education:
    • University of Chicago (A.B. in Econ)
    • Yale (J.D. – Law)
  • Career:
    • Adjunct Professor
    • US Dept of Commerce Deputy Secretary
    • Econ Lecturer @ Stanford
    • US Representative for 17th District


  • Banning PAC & lobbyist money
  • Creating technology & manufacturing jobs across America
  • Providing debt free college
  • Supporting apprenticeships & vocational training
  • Standing up for women’s rights
  • Investing in new industries & clean technology

[More Info at Ro Khanna’s Ballotpedia Page, like his key votes while representing 17th district]

Ritesh Tandon (R) – Campaign Website

Ritesh Tandon (Republican Party) is running for election to the U.S. House to represent California’s 17th Congressional District.

Note: there have been some allegations that Ritesh is affiliated with some pro-Modi activist groups (Articles: Link, Link) – so feel free to take that info as you wish!


  • Education:
    • LD College of Engineering (B.S. in Mech Eng)
    • Santa Clara University (M.S. in Computer Eng, M.B.A.)
  • Career:
    • Engineer + Technical Marketing (Cisco)
    • Businessman/Senior Director (Jabra)
    • President of UPMA (non profit)
    • CEO of Company in Stealth Mode


  • Economy:
    • Protect Silicon Valley Companies
    • Less Corporate Taxes
    • Low Regulation
    • Give working families a break
    • No Discrimination at workplace
    • Equal rights for Women
  • Development:
    • Create better educational opportunities for our children
    • Support our immigration community
    • Pass real healthcare reform with support for pre-existing conditions
  • California Issues:
    • Solution for Homeless
    • Alleviate Bay Area Traffic Congestion
    • Help build more housing
    • SUPPORT PROP 13 for residence/businesses

[More Info at Ritesh Tandon’s Ballotpedia Page]

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