Diverse conservative candidates should run for office. Here's why

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Nikki who?” 

That was the number-one response I heard when I first ran to represent the people of South Carolina. At the time, I was an accountant and small businesswoman who saw how hard it was to make a dollar and how easy it was for government to take it away.  

The year was 2004. The race was for a seat in the state House of Representatives. And the opponent was the longest-serving member of the state legislature – a 30-year incumbent who everyone said was destined for reelection.  


But the people of the Palmetto State were hungry for something different, someone outside the good old boys club. They proved it by putting their trust in me as their first Indian American state legislator, and a couple years later, the first female and minority governor of South Carolina.  

People came to know my name. More importantly, they knew the time had come for conservative solutions – solutions that would make it easier to start a business, get a job, raise a family and have the best shot at the best life. 

I tell this story because, in every state

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