Five Indian American state legislative candidates in Florida, Washington, Iowa, Kentucky and North Carolina were endorsed July 4 by the Indian American Impact Fund. This Fourth of July, we are proud to endorse five Indian Americans who have made the patriotic decision to run for office and serve their fellow Americans, according to Deepak Raj, co-founder of Impact and chair of the Impact Fund. These women and men are powerful examples of the kind of patriotism that characterizes so many immigrant communities, added Raj Goyle, co-founder of Impact and a former member of the Kansas House of Representatives. When elected, they will bring much-needed energy, passion, and experience to their state legislatures. The five candidates endorsed by the Impact Fund are:Mona Das (Washington State Senate, District 47) — At eight months old, the statement said, Das immigrated from India to America with parents who had nothing but $6 in their pocket and a desire to build a better life for their family. Now, she is running for the Washington state Senate to fight for immigrants` rights and representation, especially immigrant small business owners, and to ensure other Indian American women have the opportunity to be heard and represented in the halls of power.