Sikh Candidate Runs for Condit's Congressional Seat

March 4, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 4, 2002, The New York Times featured the story "Challenging Gary Condit Without Using His Name" about Dr. Sukhi Singh, candidate for Congress. "Dr. Singh is hardly the front-runner in the race ... But the gentleman whose beard and turban have made him the object of much curiosity has managed to charm a district once considered 'Condit Country.'" Dr. Singh first came to Stockton when he immigrated to the U.S. 34 years ago; today he lives in Fremont. The article explained, "Stockton, where many of the high- tech valley's clerical workers have flocked in search of affordable housing, is also home to the first Sikh temple in the United States, built in 1915. That temple keeps Dr. Singh, former president of the Sikh Council of North America, connected to the area, he said. 'The district is becoming even more diverse, and I represent that diversity,' said Dr. Singh. Dr. Singh's campaign slogan is 'Restoring Values to the Valley.'"