Full Name: John Prabhudoss
Office Sought: House of Representatives,
7th Congressional District
Party Affiliation: Republican
Phone Number: 540-729-6700
Campaign Email: email@example.com
Structured Interview Request Sent: Requested 26 Jan 2024 and 5 February 2024.
Structured Interview Response and Date: Completed and accepted 6 February 2024.
Vetting Panel Selected: Pending
Structured Interview Completed: Pending
Biography: John Prabhudoss, the youngest child of a preacher, is a common sense conservative who has been living in Virginia for the past 20 years after having immigrated from India 34 years ago. He is an entrepreneur who has started and operated several small businesses, from software consulting to retail and restaurant businesses, over the past 20 years.
He works with various evangelical and mainline church organizations on a range of issues. He has traveled extensively to Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to study how America’s domestic and foreign policies affect their lives and what kind of impact it has on American families back here.
For the past three decades, he has worked with Members of Congress on various economic, financial, and social justice issues that affect every American family besides issues affecting America’s national security interests.
John has led delegations on track II diplomatic missions to several disturbed regions. He also traveled to Iraq four times after the war to implement a plan to help the Iraqi leaders cope with changes in their society and to help build democratic structures.
John is a strong advocate for small enterprises. He is an entrepreneur who started several businesses in the past 30 years. He is 58 years old. He is married to Suneetha, a software consultant, and they have one teenage son John John. He immigrated from India 33 years ago after college to work with Christian organizations to focus on the challenges other Christian communities face in many countries on account of their faith.
As a leader embraced by diverse ethnic, religious, and political groups, John brings people together through a common sense, non-compromising approach. He will continue this important work as the author of a forthcoming book about the intersection of faith, politics and history, set to be published in February 2024.
Why you? People in the seventh district of Virginia deserve better leaders than partisan self-promoting politicians who put their own interests and party politics in front of what is good for the people of this district. It is so evident in the way they have let down the district over the years. From inadequate road infrastructure and traffic planning to lack of proper internet access in large parts of this district are just a few examples of how the district was let down by successive elected officials.
I am a common sense conservative Christian candidate that most people in the district can identify themselves with.
Besides, during the last decade or so, the demographics have shifted in parts of the district. As an Indian American conservative Christian candidate, I could build the necessary bridge between the most traditional conservatives and the new conservative migrant population in the district to win this district.
I believe that we should have a strong military as a deterrent and be ready to use it only in extreme circumstances where America’s immediate national security interests are threatened and that too only after all other options have failed. We should stop fighting other people’s wars and take care of our veterans who are suffering. I also bring a unique perspective on America’s place in the world. America needs to get back to its founding values and principles that we claim to promote but do not practice.
I have been an entrepreneur and know how small and medium businesses work and what they need to succeed. These small and medium businesses are the backbone of our economy.
I am the most suited person to help shape these and other policies of our government in these areas, and I am the only conservative Christian candidate who can win Prince William County, which is critical to winning the VA-7th district for Republicans.
What are your priorities?
I want to entrust parents with what their children learn and not Washington. Washington can play only an advisory role.
Help improve access to information technology in rural parts of my district.
Help improve the transport infrastructure of the nation’s Capital region so that the commuting time of my constituents is greatly reduced while attracting more businesses to the region.
Help improve and ensure the best care money can buy for veterans.
Find ways to reduce the income taxes and help shrink wasteful, excessive government bureaucracy.
Affordable housing for vulnerable populations while addressing various causes of homelessness.
Strengthen the military capabilities and preparedness and avoid deployment unless America’s national security interests are directly threatened.
Restore faith in America’s foreign policy by returning to the founding values of our republic.
College degree in business administration
Relevant Employment History:
Self-employed. Promoted several businesses over 30 years while at the same time advocating for US policies that impacted Christian populations that suffer around the world on account of their faith.
Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge: Not applicable.
Past Offices Held and Tenure: None – I am a true political outsider.
Over 30 years of serving the Indian American Christian community.
Directed and advised the Apostolic Coalition from 1992-1996. In 2000, I helped create the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America, an umbrella body that represents the voices and concerns of over 1 million Indian American Christians. Held various responsibilities, including its President and later as the Chairman of the Board.
Over the years, I have led several multi-faith delegations to various troubled regions.
Served as Board of Trustees at the Calvary United Methodist Church, Arlington, VA
Served as the Financial Manager and a Board Member of the Central Committee of a small church organization called the Original Glorious Church of God in Christ.
Personal Strengths: Communication, Consensus building, moderate views without compromising on core values.
What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? I am a conservative Indian American Christian candidate who can win the district 7.
How would your friends and family describe you? Pleasant to work with and determined.
What are your thoughts on the Constitution as the Law of the Land? Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Interpretation of the Constitution is necessary but should be done within the context of the founding principles.
What are your thoughts on religious liberty? Religious liberty can not be interpreted to be liberty from religious faith of the people or as applicable only to Christian faith. The government has no business favoring or being soft on certain faiths only because it is not a Christian faith.
What are your thoughts on the preservation of our history? History is complicated. It is made of both good and bad. A society that ignores the bad parts of its history for being politically correct can only cause more damage to self.
What are your thought on government transparency? There will be less and less corruption and shady practices if the government is more and more transparent. While I understand the need for keeping certain matters from public domain to keep it from our enemies, too much of secrecy can also damage the government of the people.
What are your thoughts on national defense? Invest in national defense. Security through strength. Act only in the case of an immediate direct threat to the interest of America after all other options fail..
What are your thoughts on the free enterprise system? Government policies should not stifle free enterprise and free market. Government should keep away from controlling businesses through excessive regulations or through excessive taxation.
What are your thoughts on the protection of the unborn? While I do not favor banning anything, I believe that the right to life is fundamental and that a life whether young, old or yet to be born has that fundamental right like anyone else. A government can not say that it won’t protect a life if is older than 100 years or less than 100 days. More emphasis and options should be made available to help preserve a life in both cases. Exceptions should be rare.
What are your thoughts on the role the family plays in America? Families are the fundamental unit of any society least of all, a human society. If we undermine it, then the society that is built on a family unit can cease to exist.
What are your thoughts on equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes? Members in a cosmopolitan and a diverse society need to feel that they have the equal rights, justice and opportunities and they are a stakeholder in the community. Even a perception to the contrary will become the foundation for chaos, violence and decline. However, outcome depends on the efforts, individual circumstances and other variables.
What are your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment? Constitution should be respected. There can be no room for second guessing the Constitution. We will lose all aspects of the Constitution if we are willing to be selective and tinker with one aspect or one amendment.
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