4 Indian-Americans win state, local elections in U.S

Four Indian-Americans, including a Muslim woman and a former White House technology policy advisor, have won state and local elections held in the United States on Tuesday.

Indian-American Ghazala Hashmi, a former community college professor, created history by becoming the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Virginia State Senate, while Suhas Subramanyam, who served as the White House technology policy adviser to former president Barack Obama, has been elected to the Virginia State House of Representative.

In her maiden attempt, Ghazala, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican State Senator Glen Sturtevant for the Virginia's 10th Senate District, drawing national attention.

Suhas, meanwhile, entered the Virginia State House of Representatives from the Indian-American-dominated district of Loudon and Prince William.

In California, Indian-American Mano Raju won his election to remain San Francisco's Public Defender.

In North Carolina, incumbent Dimple Ajmera won a convincing re-election to Charlotte City Council.

(with news agency inputs)