VIJAY ULLAL: Of course you have my endorsement. I know you will make a fine councilman.
GARY SMITH, Saratoga's Business Organization leader, Former President: Rishi Kumar is a professional who appreciates and promotes Saratoga, understands and values the importance of quality school districts and education, encourages business including small retail businesses in Saratoga, understands and practices good management, and is a good communicator. Rishi knows the importance of a family oriented and ways to encourage family oriented business growth in the five commercial districts. He will make a good City Council member. Gary Smith, GS Lighting Design BOB CANCELLIERI, Board member, Saratoga Senior Center : I am happy to endorse Rishi Kumar for City Council. He is and has worked tirelessly with Saratoga has Talent which is his own creation. I am sure he will work with the same enthusiasm if we elect him it the City Council.
RAJ JASWA: You will be a shot in the arm for the entire Saratoga community!
MR. JON JOW: "Rishi is a member of our city in the best possible way. He is passionately involved in the betterment of Saratoga in many aspects of our community, arguably unparalleled in his enthusiasm, and leads by example. Not only does he bring an infectious level of enthusiasm to those around him and makes all who he works with feel wholeheartedly welcome, but he communicates, listens and cares with a wonderful sincerity and genuine desire to do good. He cares about people, kids and adults alike, and demonstrates selflessness in a way that we all may admire and respect...along with his singing and dancing, too!"
ANU & B V JAGADEESH: It will be our pleasure to endorse your campaign. We love your energy and creative initiatives. Our best wishes to you in your effort to bring the Saratoga community together and a successful campaign.
VINI & KITTU KOLLURI: We are delighted to endorse Rishi Kumar for Saratoga City Council 2014. Rishi brings a deep commitment to the city of Saratoga, a sense of passion, and unbounded energy to everything he does within the community. We have no doubt he will make a terrific, conscientious representative for our city, and work hard for the betterment of our community. Please join us in supporting Rishi.
ZOE ALAMEDA : Rishi has strengthened the Saratoga community with his innovative unity building programs such as Saratoga's Got Talent and Saratoga Cares Foundation. He brings innovation, creativity as well as stability to our community."Zoe Cowherd Alameda, 3rd Generation Owner, Funeral Director, Alameda Family Funeral and Creation
DEBBIE & STEVE MANSER : Rishi has demonstrated his commitment to Saratoga over the years by bringing together various facets of our community. Rishi has the drive, energy and vision to serve Saratoga at the council level and continue to make a positive difference in our city! E J TIM HARRIS : I have had the pleasure to meet with Rishi Kumar to understand his views on how to make the city government successful and and more efficient in meeting the needs of our community. I am aware of his various volunteer activities for the past years. Rishi stimulates thoughtful thinking and has been a respected advocate for our community, getting people together. He not only listens to our community, but has a strong grasp of our city's issues and the city's infrastructure. Rishi works to bring people and viewpoints together for the good of the community, and is a person who is dedicated to service above self with integrity, experience and commitment. - E. J. Tim Harris, Commissioner, Traffic Safety commission City of Saratoga, California, Arbitrator, California State Bar Court San Francisco, California ANU SINGH : Rishi is someone who has shown drive, desire and commitment in the past for matters concerning our beautiful Saratoga. Rishi is an independent thinker who will gather citizen input and do what is right for Saratoga. Rishi loves Saratoga and that is why I am supporting him RAY SHAFAZAND: If you meet Rishi, you can tell he truly cares for Saratoga. I believe Rishi has the energy and drive to make good things happen for our city. Rishi works in the high tech industry, but make the time for community service - not just lip service, but action. Rishi wants to listen, learn and then act. If there is anyone I want to bet my money upon, it is Rishi to do the right thing for Saratoga. YOGESH SHAH: Rishi has the vision, the leadership, the execution. But the one thing I like about Rishi is his simplicity. He truly cares for Saratoga. Saratoga needs this caring compassionate person on the council. TARA LYNN ANDERSON: Looking forward to Rishi's fresh forward thinking for Saratoga. We need his energy and enthusiasm to bring some life back iinto the city! MOHSENA & JASIM AHMAD Rishi Kumar is one of the most credible, charismatic and a hardworking candidate for Saratoga City Council . I and Jasim are voting for Rishi Kumar. Dear friends, let's vote for Rishi and keep Saratoga Great. SABRINA CHEN, SARATOGA HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR:Mr Kumar is so passionately involved in so many aspects of our community. I'm one year too young to vote, but if I could vote, I would undeniably vote for the one candidate who will bring experience, passion and positive action to every corner to our community. And as an added bonus, he's quite possibly the most enthusiastic Bollywood dancer I have ever seen.
LESLIE BUTLAR, Board member, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce : I look forward to your time, dedication and energy for the City of Saratoga. You are making a big impact in our community!! I am not a resident of Saratoga, I still endorse you and speak about you and your work. I am happy to support you! LESLIE BUTLAR, MOVING GREEN TODAY, Saratoga business owner and Board of Directors at the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce! AMITA & GOPAL AGGARWAL : We have known Rishi for a few years and we are amazed at his zeal and enthusiasm in all the social activities and events he organizes and runs for the betterment of our community. He organizes cultural events, public awareness campaigns and is active in the local schools. We endorse him for the City council as we feel that his enthusiasm and ideas will be a wonderful contribution for Saratoga.
GRACE PENG: Rishi is like a tornado of positive energy...drawing folks in from every corner of the community to inspire awareness, connection and revitalization! 3 years ago, I watched Rishi lead the charge to organize Silicon Valley's Got Talent, an exciting monthly event to bring families together while also attracting more business to our downtown shops. With his vision, it quickly grew in a city-wide fundraiser that has since highlighted the talents of hundreds of adults and children in our community, and more importantly, raised $20K+ directly to our Saratoga Community Senior Center in but 2 years! This is a reflection of the whirlwind like super power that Rishi brings to the table...the ability to hammer out creative and innovative ideas and then swiftly execute upon them, with great results! Rishi possesses the unlikely skill set of being a keen and open listener, a methodical engineer and planner, a tireless "do"-er and a humble yet charismatic leader. He is a passionate advocate for community awareness with a heartfelt desire to elevate those around him. This team player will breathe new life into the sleepy sweet town of Saratoga. Rishi inspires!
BOB & SUSANNE KARLAK : Rishi is a man of action! If you want something accomplished, then Rishi is your man. We know Rishi as a neighbor and an advocate for community and Saratoga. He finds time to give his best to so many events and activities ranging from social to political. To accomplish his goals Rishi encourages the support of friends and neighbors. The Saratoga City Council needs Rishi. We endorse him!
BAO TRAN: Rishi is a great leader who cares greatly about community issues great and small. He volunteers as an MC for the Lego Robotics competition. He is active in educational issues for the city and the state. He is approachable and listens to all concerns, and he lets us know the important legislative issues that will affect us in the future. He is thoughtful and considerate of all people. For these reasons, I endorse Rishi's candidacy. Bao Tran, Attorney and Saratoga homeowner
DONALD & GAIL RANDOLPH : A vote for Rishi Kumar is a vote for Saratoga's future. Don & Gail, a Saratoga resident & chamber member.
MICHAEL CHEN: I am really glad that you choose to run for the member of city council. You have the energy and dedication.
MADHU RANGANATHAN: That is awesome, go for it! I firmly believe that community service is something we all lip-service but don't realize how hard it is. As shared with you Rishi Kumar, we've been residents of Saratoga for 17 years, but you've been instrumental to "wake" us up in this beautiful town, thanks to the many activities! Particularly like the "inclusive" approach you've adopted, whether talent or music or lighting the XMas tree, making it a Saratoga event beyond the Indian community is so imp! Long note, sorry. good luck, count on our support!!
MEI & GARY GECHLIK : You have my endorsement. We need people like you to push the envelope and do the right thing! Many thanks for serving the community! You are willing to simply ask basic questions, like what is the bottom line, how much does it cost, will the program be effective, and was the past program cost effective and why did it or did not work. I think you will do a great job
PRAVIN MADHANI : Very few times in life you come across a person who really goes out of his way to service community. Rishi Kumar is one of those gentlemen who is an asset for Saratoga. His passion and enthusiasm brings vibrancy in our neighborhood. Rishi will be a great addition to Saratoga City Council.
LARRY BURGESS : Rishi started our neighborhood website, which has made us all much more aware of what is going on. He also was instrumental in starting our annual block party. He is our Neighborhood Impresario. Now let's get his passion on the City Council.
PEGGY & PETER STARK : Rishi alone has spearheaded our neighborhood sense of community by organizing a community web site, Neighborhood Watch, an infrastructure of block captains, annual block parties, and a system of Earth Quake Preparedness. Rishi lets us know why and when we need to get involved in issues vital to the welfare of our city of Saratoga and with a gentle nudge, encourages us to get involved. What a gift to us that Rishi is running for City Council. We know Rishi is there for me, our neighbors and Saratogans. Rishi cares!
SONAR & SANJAY THEKDI : Rishi, all the best to you! This is great for the city if Saratoga. Your leadership, commitment to the Saratoga community and passion to serve make you an ideal candidate. We are here to support you!
SCOTT CICCONE : Rishi has made a significant impact in our neighborhood and Saratoga will certainly benefit by having him on the City Council.
KAMAL ANAND : Rishi, have always marveled at your enthusiasm and energy as you engage in multiple activities affecting the city. I wish you the best and I am sure you will make an effective council member.
SUPRIYA & SHANKAR KRISHNAMOORTHY : Rishi has a strong commitment towards the community we live in. He goes out of his way to highlight important social causes such as the revitalization of Saratoga downtown, supporting the Saratoga Care Foundation amongst other things. The future of a society depends on the environment we create for our youth. Rishi does a lot for the youth in our community. His youth-oriented events and shows give our local talent an opportunity to showcase their skills and gives the rest of us an opportunity to appreciate the diverse community we live in. He will be a great choice for the Saratoga City Council.
GEETU SINGH : Your energy and passion to make a difference is admirable. More importantly your heart is in the right place! Good luck to you.
VASANTHI AND ARI ARJAVALINGAM : Rishi tirelessly serves the community in Saratoga in many different ways. We clearly need him on the city council. - Ari and Vasanthi Arjavalingam, Saratoga residents since 1998 CARLA SATCHELL: We love Saratoga and we love you... What a great fit! Good luck, Rishi Kumar.
MADHAVI & RAJESH GALIVANCHE : Rishi, Your desire to bring the Saratoga community together is always shown in your actions. You are a perfect leader and a passionate and friendly community worker. Very happy to hear that you are running for the Saratoga City council. We wish you all the best and we will support you in your endeavor.
BRUCE WOOLLEY : Rishi is a wonderful next-door neighbor, an excellent organizer, a person with boundless energy, and as a Saratoga Council Member will work to protect Saratogans. You have my endorsement.
MOHAN AND PADMA KALKUNTE : Rishi - Your passion and dedication to the community will make you a great councilman. Fully support you in your endeavor.
KAY & PARMEET CHADDHA : Rishi has the passion, understanding and commitment for this job. We are confident that he will add a viable and enhanced perspective to the Council plans. Our support and best wishes.
PALLAVI & ARUN KATKERE : As a neighbor, we have seen first hand how much effort Rishi puts into any community issue or activity. With Rishi Kumar, you can be sure anything he is involved in is done right, and with full community involvement. We have no hesitation endorsing him for city council.
MANI IYER : I greatly appreciate Rishi's contributions at TiECon, where we worked to put together the Internet Track, with speakers from Google, Facebook, Twitter and other major firms. We knew we could count on Rishi to deliver. I am sure he will bring the same passion and dedication to the Saratoga City Council, where he will make an impact to benefit all Saratogans. - Best, Mani Iyer, Startup CEO and Entrepreneur
LUCIEN REMY : I don't live in Saratoga at this time, yet knowing Rishi is running for City Council makes me want to live there in the near future, if at all possible : I know he will make the lovely town thrive ! I have enjoyed visiting his talent show from Belmont; Rishi knows how to pull people in for good causes.
JANANI CHALAKA : A hardworking and dedicated person like you will be a huge asset to the city of Saratoga. Wish you the best in your endeavor!
JAYSHRI SHARMA : Rishi loves to serve the community and he helps educate and encourage others to get involved. Rishi was instrumental in getting many of us engaged in the Delegate elections of Jan-2013 for CA 28th State Assembly District (cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, San Jose). He rallied people to come out and vote in large numbers during the Delegate elections. The support was telling, as hundreds showed up to support Rishi and his team to get a thumping victory. Rishi was in the midst of this - and remained ethical, exhibiting exemplary forthright and upright behavior, urging teams towards this victory. I support and endorse Rishi and confident that he will be a great member of Saratoga City Council.
JAMES CALLNER : One of the brightest , creative articulate souls I have ever met". ~ James Callner MA College Instructor
AMAR AMARNATH : Absolutely NO ONE Better than Rishi as Saratoga Council 2014. He is THE perfect man to service the community with passion and purpose.
CHARU ROY : Rishi is Saratoga's community worker bee - the energizer bunny! As the Chair of Saratoga Cares Foundation, he leads by example, working relentlessly towards the success of the initiatives. I often ask him "Where do you find the time"? I specifically laud his efforts in bringing the community together all of Saratoga's demographic groups via his monthly open-mic. It has become a platform for young kids to blossom and gain confidence, thanks to his ability to always encourage and boost confidences, bringing out the best of abilities. The monthly open mics are also a fun gathering place for the community that I personally enjoy being part of. What I found more impressive though is his ability to work through a multi-faceted agenda - how the open-mic also aligns with his enthusiasm for a thriving, vibrant Saratoga community. The Saratoga Cares Foundation's annual fundraiser SARATOGA's GOT TALENT is very well received within the community, led by Rishi's leadership and ability to pull in a cross-section of community leaders; that has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Saratoga Senior Center, Saratoga Education Foundation, Saratoga High School Foundation etc. Yep…he is alright!!
SHALINI & RAJ PAI : Love the energy and enthusiasm Rishi brings to the table. Confident he will lead Saratoga into the next decade and beyond in a united and vibrant manner
MAHADEVAN IYER : What stands out for me is Rishi's drive and energy to take on issues/initiatives related to the community and pursue them till he gets the best possible results PURNIMA PADMANABHAN & VIJAY MEDURI : Rishi is a fantastic community organizer and has both the energy & creative ability to bring all of Saratoga together from all diversities
NATE MUELLER, MUSICIANS MOBILE : I am always amazed at the way Rishi brings diverse groups of people together through music, culture and the spirit of community.
UDAYA SHANKAR : I have not seen anyone with the energy and dedication of Rishi. He will make an excellent council member for Saratoga.
AMIR ABBAS : You have all my support for for your new endeavor. You will make a fine councilman.
KALPANA & MOHAN C MOHAN : "Having observed you over the last few years, I am convinced that you are very passionate about anything that you take up. So, I am sure that if elected you will do a great job as a Saratoga Councilman. You are also well connected and are able to leverage others in accomplishing your goals. My best wishes to you in your endeavors"
SHIRIN NIJHAWAN : Rishi I do see you with a lot of enthusiasm and energy to work for the community. Keep it up. I endorse you and hope you can make a difference. SMITHA & UDAY RAU : As new residents of Saratoga, we appreciated that Rishi took the time to chat with us about the community and his ideas to make Saratoga a better place for everyone. We have no doubt he will make a great council representative.
RIPAN NAGPAL : Rishi will be great asset to Saratoga Council. He will bring lot of enthusiasm, passion and purpose to the council
VINO MALHOTRA : Rishi is a dynamic candidate with a fresh thinking that Saratoga needs now
GITA THAKKAR : I support Rishi, I am confident that he will make a difference in community.
AMAL RAMLAOUI : Thanks for running you'll make a great council member.
AARTI AWASTHI : Rishi is a fun, happy guy who understands what it is like to be a socially active & responsible citizen- giving back to the community he lives in- to make it more robust, connected and secure. He thinks about social issues, voices his opinions fearlessly and takes positive actions that maker Saratoga more connected, communal and happening! We need people like Rishi at the helm coz he cares! Resident, Saratoga | CEO, artsybug | Trustee, Maitri |Advisor to Board- South Bay Guitar Society |Board member- Common Ground Speaker Series
JACKIE & JUSTIN LEI : Rishi is a conscientious community leader. He has launched and led various community events and delivered successful results. His background and experiences would fit best for this role.
KIRTI MEHTA : Rishi, the past couple of years you have worked tirelessly, with a lot of energy, passion and a very solid intent towards making Saratoga prosperous. And we need all of this zealousness that you bring to the table to make our city more alive and businesses thrive. You have personally initiated many community events very successfully. And just recently In a school district setting you stood up for a cause as a parent and helped many other parents come together, their voices and opinions heard and turned it around in favor of the students. I applaud you and your efforts. I endorse you and wish you success!
SANKHYA GHIRNIKAR : Rishi, I am very happy that you are running for office. Your unending energy and enthusiasm will be very valuable for our community. Best of luck on your campaign. Wishing you all the best
SUCHITRA & ANIL VAIDYA : Wishing you success in the upcoming election as our City Council Member. We look forward to the day:)
SUJATHA DORAISWAMY : You seem to be adept at bringing people together for a common cause. I am sure saratoga will benefit by having you on the council.
SANDY NARAYAN : Rishi is committed to public service and in helping the local community. His vision for the future with economic prosperity, high standards for education, sustainable growth; plus his concern for the environment, make him an ideal choice for all Saratogans.
LEENA MANWANI : Rishi is great visionary & leader with lot of zest & enthusiasm to make our community a better place. We are fully supportive of his ideals & share his passion for this community.
SONAL & ABHIJIT TAMBE: Rishi has a good community spirit and enthusiasm required for Saratoga Council.
SHUCHITA & PUNEET KUMAR: In the very short time that I have known Rishi, I have noticed that he is a very dedicated, energetic and a hard working individual. He is very passionate about pulling the Sarotaga community together. Most of us want to do something for the community but very few of us act on it. Rishi has the drive to make this happen and definitely has my support in this campaign.
LISA MOREL: Yes, I support Rishi's run for Saratoga City Council. I believe you really care for our community.
LAURA JACOBUS : Yes, I support Rishi's run for Saratoga City Council. There isn't a more caring, smart and dedicated person for the role!
PUNITA BHAGI: I fully endorse Rishi and would love to see him on the Saratoga City Council. He has done a lot to pull together the Saratoga community through various initiatives. I look forward to Rishi continuing to make a difference for Saratoga!
MURALI PUNNARAJ : Rishi's dedication, passion, sincerity and leadership qualities are all impressive, that is why I am endorsing him. HARI HARAN: Rishi is a great guy with a lot of energy. He will be a fantastic candidate for the City council. RICHARD ADORADIO : I've witnessed your leadership and charisma in action for some time now. You have a way of connecting communities and merging our resources and talents in a way that is inspiring. I look forward to more collaboration in the future, whatever and wherever that may be. JAYSHREE DESAI: You will do well. We all need your energy and dedication in Saratoga! PRASAD SHASTRI: Amazing to see my friend from school days giving back to his community in a big way, anyway I can help you Rishi Kumar I am here
To all my friends, supporters, neighbors, community members/leader - I truly appreciate you being part of this journey. I couldn't do this without you. Thank you for your support! - Rishi Kumar
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