Ashwin Ramaswami, the first Gen Z Indian-American candidate for a US state legislature, has clinched the Democratic primary for Georgia Senate District 48. He is set to challenge Republican Senator Shawn Still, who was indicted alongside Trump as a fake elector in 2020, in the upcoming November elections.

Ramaswami celebrated his primary win with a message on X, declaring, “It’s the most flippable State Senate seat in Georgia. Let’s go win this thing.”

If victorious, Ramaswami would be the first Indian American and the first Gen Z member in the Georgia state legislature. Born to Tamil Nadu immigrants, Ramaswami’s early education at Chinmaya Mission Balavihar sparked a lifelong interest in Sanskrit and ancient Indian texts, complementing his dual cultural identity.

A Stanford graduate in computer science, Ramaswami’s career spans nonprofit work, tech startups, and roles at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Georgia’s Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. He has been instrumental in cybersecurity and election security during the 2020 and 2022 elections.

Ramaswami’s campaign, backed by over $280,000 in contributions with $208,000 in cash on hand, is well-prepared for the general election. He emphasizes building an economy for working families, ensuring quality education, implementing gun safety laws, protecting reproductive healthcare rights, and safeguarding democracy.

Ramaswami, a practicing Hindu deeply influenced by Indian culture, expressed his vision in an interview: “I truly believe we can live in that Georgia – that’s why I’m running for Georgia State Senate. It’s time to reduce the extreme polarization in politics and work together on the issues that matter to us.”

As he looks forward to the November showdown, Ramaswami seeks to unite voters in transforming Georgia’s political landscape.