Even though the early vote count seemed disappointing Tuesday night for Deepka Lalwani’s bid for a seat on the Milpitas City Council, she was all smiles at an election party to thank her supporters.
“I’m optimistic and overwhelmed by my supporters,” Lalwani said as friends and family crowded into a banquet room at Swagat Restaurant to mark the end of a long campaign.
As of 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Lalwani had 15.82 percent of the vote. The two candidates with the most votes were Debbie Giordano (20.44) and Carmen Montano (18.88). There were seven candidates in total for the two-year position.
Over the past five months, Lalwani, a Milpitas Realtor, said she and her volunteers visited more than 3,000 homes in neighborhoods throughout Milpitas in an effort to get the word out about her candidacy.
What does she appreciate most about her campaign?
“I’m happy that my campaign has been very positive with no attacks,” Lalwani said, adding that there was a lot of good will from many people across Milpitas.
She also expressed gratitude for important political endorsements from various local and regional figures including Congress members Mike Honda and Anna Eshoo, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, Santa Clara County Supervisors Dave Cortese and Liz Kniss, Milpitas City Councilwoman Althea Polanski, and others.
Lalwani’s campaign spent about just under $20,000 with contributions from more than 100 contributors which included private citizens, labor unions and community organizations.
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