Sunday, January 15, 2006

Lampson X-Factor #1: Neeta Sane

Sane with Lampson

One of the reasons I began this diary was that very few bloggers covering this race are doing so from inside the district. A quick Technorati search on this race turns up commentary from all across the nation, and in the proud blog tradition, most are poorly researched and usually ill-informed about our area.

You can find analysis of "the Abramoff effect" anywhere. Instead I want to tell you what the grassroots of District 22 is up to, and why it may have an important impact on the race that most national commentators may ignore.

So today I bring you Lampson X-Factor #1: Neeta Sane

Neeta Sane was born on July 30, 1963, in Bombay, India. Her father is an architect and an engineer; her mother holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degree that she earned in her late 40’s. Neeta was raised in the cosmopolitan culture of Bombay, and graduated with a Master of Science degree in 1986 from University of Bombay.

Neeta entered University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) in 1995 to carry out research work in Chemistry. After graduating with a Master of Science with a GPA of 3.97, she and her team at UHCL carried out computational research in collaboration with the Center of Research in Parallel Computing.

Her computer expertise and success in independent research inspired her to start her own software development business. Since 1997, she has formed two companies, GND Systems and Positronic Systems LC. Neeta is currently the managing partner of Positronic Systems LC, a software development and consulting firm.

Neeta devotes her time to several community organizations as well. She is a Director of Vote-Texas, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, which is committed to acquiring transparency in electronic voting systems. She is also the Vice-President of the Texas Democratic Women of Fort Bend and a secretary of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party.

Neeta is the Democratic nominee for Fort Bend Country Treasurer. The position has no incumbent. Republican Treasurer Jeannie Parr left office in disgrace after she was caught misappropriating funds. Neeta will most likely face Republican insurance salesman Jeff Council in November.

Neeta is a fantastically charismatic candidate. Although standing a mere 4'10'' (on a tall day), she possess the Clinton-esque ability to seize the attention of her listener during one-to-one contacts. Neeta is also a leader in the Indian-American community of the county, and carries a broad base of moderate support. Neeta, along with downballot Democratic candidate Farhan Shamsi, will also fight to turn out the rapidly growing Asian-American vote, a veritable "sleeping tiger" of Fort Bend County politics. Others have been more explicit in their metaphors, claiming the Asian vote is a demographic time-bomb waiting to go off in the GOP's face. Remember back to October, when activists were attempting to draft Houston city councilman Gordon Quan into running against DeLay for this very reason.

Neeta Sane talks to Houston councilman M.J. Khan

To get Neeta elected, we must do one thing: Put her face to face with as many independent / swing voters as possible. And you know what that means: Buying lists, updating the voter IDs, and filling up gas tank after countless gas tank. Let me put it this way: If you've given your maximum allowable donation to Lampson, you might want to throw a few bucks Neeta's way as well. Downballot campaigns like Netta's will be a key component in a Lampson victory.


Blogger Fred said...

Excellent work, Mark. I'll make sure to link back to ya. I hope to attend the next attend. Keep me in the loop, would ya?

10:05 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


You gotta post much more often if you want to have any influence on the race.

Peace (and victory) to you.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

She seems like a terrific candidate. We wish you guys all the luck in the world!

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