Sarahana for Assembly

Climate organizer.
Nepali immigrant.
NO corporate donations.

The Future Must Be Beautiful

Sarahana is a first generation immigrant who became a citizen in the Hudson Valley to fight for the real changes we need. She is the only candidate in District 103 who has pledged to take NO corporate money, so she can fight to:

End corporate fossil fuels, lower energy costs, and build 100% renewable energy with a Green New Deal

Guarantee universal healthcare—including mental health, substance, long-term, & reproductive care

Reimagine our housing system to ensure affordable, high quality homes for all, and stop cost of living from skyrocketing

Fully fund public pillars like SUNY, schools, and hospitals to provide the essential services and good jobs the Hudson Valley deserves

We cannot build a government that works for us while politicians continue to accept money from large corporations. This campaign rejects such donations and is powered by small donors like you. We’re going to win together in Assembly District 103.

Hello, my name is Sarahana Shrestha.

I’m a first-generation immigrant from Nepal, a climate organizer, and a lifelong advocate for the working class. The democracy and movements that emerged from the political uprisings of my childhood inspired in me an enduring conviction: that when we come together, even the most insurmountable things are possible.

As the Democratic nominee for State Assembly in District 103, I’m running to change the culture of Albany and fight for the future Hudson Valley deserves. Our residents know that now is the time to build a government that works for everyone.

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Press

How climate activist Sarahana Shrestha pulled off an election upset

A robust ground game was critical to victory in the 103rd Assembly District primary last week. What does it portend for state climate action?

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Sarahana Shrestha defeats incumbent Kevin Cahill in 103rd Assembly District primary

Climate organizer who ran on a socialist platform scores big upset against longtime incumbent

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N.Y. Assembly Democrats Largely Repel Challenges From the Left

Long-tenured incumbents appeared likely to retain their seats, though an activist was ahead in a Hudson Valley race.

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The Next Battlefield for N.Y. Progressives? The State Assembly.

“Whatever we did to make Albany scared of the climate movement this time around, we want to do the same for health care, we want to do the same for housing,” [Sarahana] said.

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Climate Activists Put Left Politics to the Test in Hudson Valley

“Those in power are usually neglecting everyday people who need things to survive.”

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The Rise of the No-Compromise Climate Candidate

While organizing with Public Power New York, Shrestha met with a number of legislators who, she said, “appeared to have a tough time” seeing the democratization of the state’s energy system as an urgent priority.

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Endorsements

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Congressmember

Phara Souffrant Forrest

Assemblymember

Marcela Mitaynes

Assemblymember

Zohran Kwame Mamdani

Assemblymember

Emily Gallagher

Assemblymember

Julia Salazar

State Senator

Jabari Brisport

State Senator