Candidate Profile
Ritesh Tandon

Republican , California


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California Republican Assembly

Reported by Candidate

Congressman House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, CA GOP, CA Santa Clara GOP, CA Alameda GOP

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Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.


I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Circumstances which are out of control of women, and it is safe for her.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.


How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

I will ensure that Social Security is adequately funded. We need to reform social security.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

I like to STOP expensive war Bring our troops back

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

Taxpayers money should not be use to pay student loans.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Church and State need to be completely separate. They should not control/influence each other.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.


I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Congress must work on policies that reduce healthcare costs and increase supply of medicines and health services .I believe that competition and sane regulations will bring costs down for all. I like to create competition, which will increase quality of care. ? Allow same company drug imports with minimal FDA issues ? Price transparency from Medicare, Hospitals, and Insurance companies to facilitate competition in costs as well as premiums. Encourage upfront cost quotes before procedures are done. ? Incentivize smaller clinics for primary care, preventive medicine, and usage of tax free HSAs. ? Re-examine drug price increases due to intermediaries and regulations. ? Reduce the length of college requirements to enter medical school education. Two years college is sufficient. Increase supply of medical care personnel ? Encourage more insurance plan options outside of the employer-based options. ? Reduce Hospital and doctors overhead by reforming high number of regulations.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.


What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

My opponent Ro Khanna is Pakistan Cacus member, and he favors radical Islamist. They like to teach Islam in our school...we need to STOP all people from joining congress.


I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

(1) People who can add value/fill gap of expertise (2) People who need shelter (Asylm - need to be strict basis)


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.


I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in God. I always remember him when I don't see path. He help me show true path. Every day I pray to god and pray for families/friends those who are suffering with COVID to get cure soon.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question. You can see all my policies there.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Ritesh Tandon is running for the US Congressional position in District 17, which includes Newark, Fremont, Milpitas, North San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino. Twenty-two years, Ritesh worked for underserved people and the community. By education, Ritesh has a Master's in Computers and MBA from Santa Clara University. He worked in the technology field in the Bay Area for 22 years. Ritesh is against Prop 16, against defunding police, for silicon valley jobs, security, and infrastructure. Ritesh is challenging incumbent Ro Khanna, who endorsed Prop 16, likes to defund police, and want to move jobs out of silicon valley.

Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Disagree   

2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

illegal Gun Owners need to return guns to authorities Gun Owners need to use gun for self defence ONLY

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Opening Economy and places of worship Fund Police and STOP all riots Healthcare - Reduce Cost and coverage for everyone

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Yes Today Democrats are dividing society base on race. Look at Prop 16, which is race based division for college admission, public jobs and public contracts.


  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, MBA, 2007
  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, MS (Computer Engineering), 2001
  • LD Engineering, Ahmedabad, BS (Mechanical Enginering), 1996
Work & Military
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  • Sankara Eye Foundation, Executive Committe
  • Uttar Pradesh Mandal of America, President
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