by Maleeha Syed, Burlington Free Press, November 4th, 2020.
Kesha Ram is back in politics, even though it never felt like she left.
On Tuesday, Democrat Ram became the first woman of color elected to the Vermont Senate, placing her alongside five other state senators for the Chittenden County district.
Ram came in third in the six-seat Chittenden District with 46,504 votes, according to unofficial results posted on the Vermont Secretary of State election website. All six seats in the district were won by candidates backed by the Democratic Party or both the Democratic and Progressive parties.
For Ram, born to an Indian father and Jewish American mother, the push to get people of color into state office doesn't stop with her election.
"I want to turn around and help recruit the first Indigenous woman, the first Black woman," she said. "Many other firsts and seconds and onward so that we can have a robust conversation and no one is seen as monolithic."