Campaign is Over and Thank You to my Voters

posted Nov 6, 2014, 10:25 AM by Ashim Acharya

Campaign is Over and Thank You to my Voters

Thank you so much for your votes, your support and the confidence you gave me throughout the campaign into last night. It’s my privilege to gain this tremendous recognition from across House District 95.
 
As a first time candidate running for public office in the State of Georgia, I am honored to receive over 5782 votes, not counting the numbers in the provisional ballots which will be coming in next week. In Gwinnett County alone, I received close to 40 percent of the votes, this is very significant for a newcomer in politics. 
 
We raised close to $40,000 in campaign funds, all coming from small donations from family, friends and neighbors in the community. We could not have done without this financial support.
 
I met wonderful people on my campaign trail, bonded with generous  new friends and welcoming neighbors.  I am humbled by everyone's generosity. Your friendship and help allowed me to run an amazing professional grassroots campaign with honesty, integrity and dignity. 
 
Thank you once again to everyone who gave me time, resources and all of your support. I have thoroughly enjoyed this incredible democratic process.
 
Best wishes to you all and enjoy the holiday season!

Amreeta

A Letter from a good friend.

posted Nov 3, 2014, 9:06 PM by Ashim Acharya   [ updated Nov 3, 2014, 9:08 PM ]

On November 4, I will vote for Amreeta Regmi to represent District 95 in the Georgia Legislature, and here’s why:

I have known Amreeta for a number of years because of our common interest in improving our community. When I learned that she was running for the Georgia legislature, I immediately decided that she would get my vote.  Amreeta is an honest, considerate person with a passion for her community.  I have watched her step up to take responsibility for our community and am pleased to see her take that commitment even further.  I know she will unite District 95 and represent all of us with dignity and fairness.

Amreeta brings new, updated ideas on education, environment, enterprise, and ethics--what she calls the 4 E’s—to District 95. I want to know that all of our young citizens will be prepared to succeed in our increasingly technological society.  I am on the Green Committee for the City of Peachtree Corners, and agree with Amreeta that we desperately need a sustainable environment and energy policy for our state to support decisions on how the state is going to fuel its future. I want to be assured that our next representative understands how to manage large budgets and make the tough decisions about spending.  I want to be ensured that our government representatives are honest and trustworthy.
So, please join me tomorrow, Nov. 4th, in voting for Amreeta Regmi for House District 95.

Sincerely,
Lorrie Backer, Ph.D., MPH
Member, Green Committee, Peachtree Corners

Letter from Jason Alcedo, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana

posted Oct 27, 2014, 12:09 PM by Amreeta Regmi   [ updated Oct 30, 2014, 2:55 PM by Ashim Acharya ]

Why You Need To Support My Mom, Amreeta Regmi

Two weeks ago I set off from the City of Peachtree Corners headed back to my station in rural Ghana where I serve as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. My joyful visit with family and friends at home was complemented by various community based meetings throughout District 95. A few of my memorable moments from my visit are underscored by the Rotary Club meetings, the coffee shop rally and generally, just being around my mother, Amreeta Regmi as she campaigned.


By extending a physical presence among community groups within the District she is able to facilitate change by listening to issues at the grass roots level. She has been a wonderful mother to me the last 25 years and continues to be. With her determination and willingness to listen, she would make a wonderful Representative for our District.
I witnessed tremendous effort that goes into running for office. However, day to day my mother did not buckle.  Awake before anyone in the house, and last to sleep, she would be out all day at meetings, or busily on the phone organizing the next. I am extremely proud of the ongoing effort and courage she has shown to facilitate the change the community wants.

I urge all of you to go out and cast your ballot on Nov. 4th.

Jason

Jason Rahul Alcedo
Peace Corps Volunteer
Ponyentanga, Upper West Region, Ghana

 

 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Questionnaire

posted Oct 24, 2014, 6:00 PM by Amreeta Regmi   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 6:04 PM ]

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter Q&A

Amreeta Regmi, Candidate, Georgia State House of Representatives, District 95

1. What is your vision/ what are your goals for District 95?

My vision is to create a strong, unified, prosperous and harmonious community, and promote the concept of “live, work, play, and stay” in my District 95, which encompasses the municipalities of Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Norcross, and Duluth in Gwinnett County and a portion of Johns Creek in Fulton County. I will use my skills, experience, and qualifications to promote social and economic integration for growth and development. My goal is to make District 95 a hub for international business and a flagship for smart development. Leveraging my contacts and network, I will bring jobs to Georgia, in particular to my District and improve our local economy by bringing investment and promoting manufacturing and exports. More jobs mean more opportunities and success. Job creation is a # 1 goal for my District.

2. What legislation do you plan to introduce within your first 100 days in office? Why?

If I get elected, the types of bills I would pass during the first 100 days would really depend upon what my constituents would want and what they see as priorities to be introduced for this legislative session. Ensuring that the voice of my community is incorporated in the decision-making process will be important to me. In this regard, I am determined to work closely with my community and my municipalities to make sure that I fulfill the expectations of the local governments and the community’s legislative priorities. In addition to this, I plan to introduce a bill to make the Ethics Commission an independent body, free from politics. Reforming the Commission is one of my top priorities and one that the people want.

 

3. If elected, how would you ensure your accessibility by constituents?

I will ensure accessibility by maintaining an open door policy.  Communication and evaluation are two methods that I will use to identify issues of importance to my constituency. Being available and accessible to the community to listen to their concerns and issues and to let them know what is going on at the Legislature is important. If a legislator is not communicating with the constituency, then policies not relevant to people’s lives and needs tend to get created. I will make sure that I communicate effectively with my constituents by holding regular town halls, informal meetings, and just being out there as much as I can with people in my district. I will request my constituents to evaluate my performance, using an annual professional feedback and review framework. Depending upon the ratings I receive, I will stay focused on improving the areas that receive weaker ratings. I will apply this appraisal-based feedback loop to work on issues that are important to my constituents. This will also increase my accountability in representing my constituency and will support a bottoms-up approach to policy making, thereby bringing the legislature closer to the people.

 

4. How do you plan to improve infrastructure in District 95? Specifically, how would you solve the problem of vacant lots, aging buildings, and abandoned retail strip malls?

Improving infrastructure in District 95 require both short-term and long-term planning and investment needs. We must involve and leverage the private sector and promote public-private partnerships to prioritize needs and best return on investment. We must meet the demand of providing an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in our digital age. There are several innovative financing instruments which become useful, in particular for short-term projects.

The Community Improvements Districts (CIDs) is a public-private partnership which leverages financing and is a successful instrument. For example, here in Gwinnett we have used this instrument to revitalize depressed and run-down areas. Some examples of where this has been used are several locations around Gwinnett Place Mall, the Pleasant Hill/I-85 intersection, and now the Atlanta Media Campus and Studios, the largest film studio in the Southeast located right here in Norcross.

For long term interventions in infrastructure development using specific financing instruments and leveraging foreign direct investment through partnerships is worthy of pursuing.


5. How do you plan to initiate your “Made in Georgia” initiative?

Initiating “Made in Georgia” plan should begin by promoting direct investment to the manufacturing sector and also by focusing on exports. In the export sector, the trend looks good. For example, in 2012 the state of Georgia was the 17th largest export market in the U.S., where merchandise shipment included close to $19 billion. With the Savannah Port’s expansion, the future for trade is good. Increasing foreign direct investment, domestic manufacturing, and finding customers in new markets is a basic plan that I will promote to scale up a “Made in Georgia” initiative. Gwinnett, for example, has over 600 international-based companies. We are also seeing a gradual investment increase in the manufacturing sector. A Japanese company has recently opened operations in Peachtree Corners with $7 million in capital investment to develop hygiene and household cleaning products. I hope to develop and open up this sector to additional investors.

My interest is to increase our portfolio for this sector by also supporting small and medium-sized businesses. Our domestic small and medium-sized businesses need trade-friendly government policies as well as support from big businesses. We must create a business-friendly environment for these companies to enter the manufacturing market to support domestic production and exports.

 

6.  How do you plan to improve transportation systems in District 95?

Our state must move the ‘fourth penny’ of the gas sales tax that currently goes into the state’s general fund back to the transportation sector. This alone is not sufficient to meet our 21st century transportation needs, but is an important first step. For long-term planning of our funding needs, the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will also allow counties to plan to address their local level transportation needs.

A good and integrated transportation network is a driver of economic development and fosters prosperity. History has shown how economic corridors and centers were developed when connectivity was increased between people, their residences, and business centers. For instance, we have seen how growth corridors around Dunwoody and Sandy Springs were developed with MARTA stations located close by. Likewise, Buckhead is soon transforming into a major retail and business destination.

 

7. Where do you stand on the issue of charter schools?

I am for public money staying in our public schools and for making our schools smart. I support personal choice and charter schools. Gwinnett County has done well in terms of promoting focused programs and partnerships which seek to develop excellence among our children and tap into their existing talents. I am supportive of schools such as Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology and North Metro Academy of Performing Arts which integrates arts and technology with academics. Every student should have the best education possible, and it is our responsibility to develop an environment to create a good workforce. I am for anything that helps our students stay ahead. All students should have access to a good education.

 

8. How do you plan to reform Georgia’s Ethics Commission?

We must get serious about maintaining a high standard of ethics in Georgia. The Ethics Commission must be an independent institution that is separate from all politics and which answers to citizens. I will do my level best to reform this institution and promote transparency and accountability in every level of government work. We need to take it out of the hands of politicians and put it in the hands of the people!

Let's Connect Better!

posted Aug 7, 2014, 6:44 PM by Amreeta Regmi   [ updated Aug 7, 2014, 11:18 PM by Ashim Acharya ]

A summary of the July 31, 2014 “Meet and Greet Event” for Amreeta Regmi, Ph.D., in Peachtree Corners

August 7, 2014

A Host Committee of respected community leaders and elected officials welcomed thirty guests at a reception for Georgia House District 95 candidate, Dr. Amreeta Regmi.  The reception was held at Firenze Ristorante Italiano in Peachtree Corners on July 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Host Committee for this event truly symbolized the integrated community of District 95, coming together to support Amreeta’s campaign for Georgia House.

Members of the Host Committee were Senator Curt Thompson, Representative Pedro Marin, businessman and Chairman of Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District Shiv Aggrawal, Community Leader and Green Committee Member for the City of Peachtree Corners Dr. Lorrie Backer, former Candidate for Georgia House District 105 Tim Hur, Member of the Downtown Development Authority for the City of Peachtree Corners Member L.C. Johnson, Latino Caucus Leader and Businessman Antonio Molinas, and Community Leader Gay Shook.

This event was sponsored by Georgia’s Women In Numbers (WIN) List, a political action committee for Democratic women in Georgia. A resident of Peachtree Corners, Penny Bernath was also a sponsor of this event.

The event was opened by Gay Shook, who introduced Amreeta and mentioned that the candidate is very qualified, a natural and experienced leader, and has a strong presence in the community. Gay said that Amreeta may very well be “the right candidate at the right time in the right place” and will represent the changing face of District 95 well. The representation in District 95 has not changed in the past 18 years, but the composition of the District has changed immensely in that time.

Amreeta spoke and shared her personal background and professional skills and experience. She holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and brings over 20 plus years of experience in the International Trade and Business sector. She is running on a platform of ‘new voice and fresh ideas’ and wants to bring the Legislature closer to the people they are supposed to serve. She highlighted a disconnect between the Legislature and their constituents at different levels: a disconnect between policies and understanding the local level vision and needs, and a disconnect in understanding hi-tech growth and business models to the extent of restricting free enterprise.

Amreeta’s candidacy is built around four key issues: jobs, education, ethics and energy.

Melinda Ennis, Executive Director of Georgia’s WIN List, informed the audience that Amreeta represents the future for Georgia and for women of this state and WIN is proud to endorse her. Representative Pedro Marin mentioned that Amreeta’s voice at the Georgia Capital is critical and he will do everything to support her race. State Senator Curt Thompson urged everyone to talk to their friends, neighbors and circle of influence to get Amreeta elected so that Gwinnett can continue to move forward. Host member L.C. Johnson encouraged the assembled group to support Amreeta’s campaign by spreading the word.

All the speakers emphasized that the face of District 95 has changed over the years and it is time to elect a new leader. Amreeta is a viable and credible candidate to represent her District and the state at the General Assembly. Amreeta has already received financial support from over 200 grassroots donors and supporters in her campaign to boost prosperity in House District 95.

Tell Me A Story

posted Aug 5, 2014, 8:11 AM by Amreeta Regmi   [ updated Aug 5, 2014, 2:00 PM by Ashim Acharya ]

Tell Me A Story

June 11, 2014

I am your Candidate for Georgia House of Representatives, from District 95. On my campaign trail, I continue to meet these incredible and amazing people who share their personal stories with me. They also ask me: “What is your story? Tell me your story.” I would like to share my story with you all here today…

I was born in my bedroom in Katmandu, Nepal. My mother was attended by a mid-wife, my father’s wet nurse and my nanny. When I was growing up, I used to say to my nanny all the time, ‘Please tell me a story”. Her name was Rebati, but we called her Tati.  She told us these incredible stories that opened up my imagination to the limit. She revealed a different world to me – a world of haves and have-nots, a world where freedom was also possible, and a world where people could also be who they wanted to be. She also shaped my philosophy of religion, the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

I was born in the only Hindu Nation in the world, Nepal. I have worked in the largest secular democracy in the world, India and the largest Muslim democracy in the world, Indonesia. I went to a Catholic school. I worship at home and respect all religions.

I have come here all the way from the Himalayas, to the mountains of Georgia.

I moved to Peachtree Corners in 1993. I became a U.S. citizen in 2005 while I was serving the U.S. government in Jakarta, Indonesia.  I have now lived in all the continents except Antarctica and Australia, and I speak five languages.

I am divorced and that was when I got the first taste of living in poverty. It was then, I came to find out, that ‘divorces’ are the number one cause of poverty among women in the State of Georgia. It was then, I realized, how important it is to have a seat at the decision-making table. Decisions influence policies that in turn impact our lives, our families, and our communities.

I am happy to be rooted now and love my home, my kids, my community, and my dog “Hercules”.  I am happy that I am running for public office.

On my campaign trail people ask me, “Where did you learn English?” and “How do you like American Food?”

I was fortunate to have been taught in English from kindergarten. As for American food, I respond back saying “I have tried Baskin Robbins ice-cream in Katmandu, Kentucky Fried chicken in Manila, Maharaja Mac-burger in New Delhi, Pizza Hut in Bangkok, ribs at the Outback in Jakarta and Starbucks in Singapore”

I do not have exotic hobbies but enjoy simple things in life, like gardening, going to the movies and sometimes cooking. I also like fine dining when I can afford to! My favorite book is Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “Cien Años de Soledad”: Hundred Years of Solitude. The first time, I read it in Spanish. I also have this quirky habit of cutting newspaper articles and keeping them in big boxes for future use. As for sports, I tried scuba diving, I passed the written test but failed in practical, and stopped playing tennis after my rotator cuff injury. Now, I hope to do a lot of walking with my canvassing!

My fantasy in life was to take the trans-Siberian railway when I was in my twenties and travel through, Mongolia, Eastern Europe, Baltics and Ukraine. This trip I imagine now will be quite different. USSR ceased to exist in 1991.

My story is a global story.

My story is really a summary of a rich, middle class and a poor family’s story. I was born to a privileged family. My forefathers on my dad’s side were advisors to the royal palace and earned the title of learned ones, ‘Pundit’. My father was trained as an accountant and was a landlord, a banker, and a businessman. My mother’s side were landlords and politicians. One of the first democratic leaders of Nepal, Surya Prasad Upadhaya, was my mother’s relative.

Growing up, education was always emphasized as our ticket to our economic freedom.

My father passed away early when I was in my late teens. Our lives changed dramatically and we became then a middle class story: asset rich and cash poor. I saw my mother struggle and take charge of the family helm, but she continued to focus on our education. Now all her four children have gone on to get their Ph.Ds. and/or Master’s degree.

My mother’s example has also pushed me to keep growing and investing in myself, while taking care of my family and children.  

It has not been easy. It has been a juggle, a balance of personal, professional and hard work. My two sons, Jason and Joel, have always been my priority. They have done well too. Jason is a civil engineer, a graduate of Georgia Tech, and now serving with the Peace Corps in Ghana. Joel is a financial analyst with Porsche North America and also a Georgia State senior majoring in business economics.

My professional path has been fascinating. I began work in the contracting and non-profit sector, moving onto to bilateral and multilateral international trade, business and development. I was advisor to a large national program of over $47 million with the United States Agency for International Development. I also coordinated and managed a multifaceted program of over $42 million with the World Bank. My work in various countries has provided me with an insight and understanding to not only different models of trade and development, but also that of governance and democracy.

I became involved in active politics during the campaign and Primary elections of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2007. I represented Americans overseas in Indonesia as the Vice-Chair of Democrats Abroad and collected ballots from abroad and coordinated with the U.S. Embassy to bring them home for election. My active political journey began then, now I’m on the path to the Georgia General Assembly!

Now going forward, I hope to have a seat at the table at the Georgia Assembly and be that new voice that brings a fresh perspective. I will work hard to connect people with the legislature and improve our State’s ratings and our global relationships. I am running on four issues: economy, education, environment and ethics. If elected, I will leverage my international network and bring jobs to my district. I will protect our education budget and make sure our students and teachers get what they deserve. Georgia does not have an energy policy and I will create a task force team to initiate a dialogue on energy policy. I will advocate to separate the ethics commission from the State legislature and Governor’s office.

It’s going to take all of us to get that seat at the table! I will look forward to your support. Thank you for this opportunity.

 

 

Q and A Reprinted

posted Aug 5, 2014, 8:08 AM by Amreeta Regmi   [ updated Aug 5, 2014, 2:01 PM by Ashim Acharya ]

July 9, 2014, Responses from Amreeta Regmi, Candidate, Georgia House of Representatives, District 95

1.      What experience do you bring to the job and what is your motivation to serve the people of Georgia?

 I bring new ideas, a fresh perspective, and over 20 years of experience in international trade, business and development. I am not a conventional politician. Serving the local community and applying my leadership and organizational skills in a number of ways is something I like to do.

I am very active in my community and serve as a member on the Zoning Board of Appeals with the City of Peachtree Corners, as well as on a number of civic and professional organizations. I look at politics through a professional lens: with a focus on results, outcomes and performance indicators.

As I become more involved with the community, it is becoming more apparent that our legislature is not doing nearly enough to solve real problems we are facing. Over the past few years, I have seen a disconnect between the legislature and the people they have taken an oath to serve.  The outcomes are not making a difference in people’s daily lives.

Georgia lags behind in national ratings in numerous categories. Poverty has risen since 2000. Our ranking in job creation, median household income, number of children living in poverty, test scores, and unemployment are not where we need them to be. We do not have an energy policy in place and environmental indicators do not rank well. I am motivated to change the way we make decisions and to improve these conditions and the state’s ratings by making policy relevant to the people. I want to bring the legislators closer to the people they serve.

 2.      If elected, what would be your top three priorities and how would you work to achieve results?

 If I am elected, I actually have four top priorities. They are economy, education, ethics and energy.

First, I will use my experience and contacts to bring jobs to Georgia and improve our local economy. More jobs means more opportunities and success. Job creation should be Job # 1 for our General Assembly!

Second, I will work to improve our schools. Georgia’s students and teachers have suffered through too many severe cuts to our education system and unfairly allocated resources. I am committed to protecting and increasing the education budget to ensure that our teachers have the tools and support they need to help our children succeed.  We must maintain quality education for our students by ending furlough days, maintaining smaller school sizes, and restoring a full year of 180 days of school.

Third, we must get serious about maintaining a high standard of ethics in Georgia. The Ethics Commission must be an independent institution that is separate from all politics and which answers to people. I will do my level best to reform this institution.  

Fourth, the State of Georgia does not have an energy policy. I will work to promote sustainable energy and environmental security by creating a task-force to work on a comprehensive energy policy for the State of Georgia.  

 3.      If elected, how will you identify issues that are important to your constituents, and how will you ensure progress is made on their issues?

 Communication and evaluation are two methods that I will use to identify issues of importance to my constituency. Being available and accessible to the community to listen to their concerns and issues and to let them know what is going on at the legislature is important. If a legislator is not communicating with the constituency, then policies not relevant to people’s lives and needs tend to get created. I will make sure that I communicate effectively with my constituents by holding regular town halls, informal meetings, and just being out there as much as I can with people in my district.

I will request my constituents to evaluate my performance, using an annual professional feedback and review framework. Depending on the ratings I receive, I will stay focused on improving the areas that receive weaker ratings. I will apply this appraisal-based feedback loop to work on issues that are important to my constituents. This will also increase my accountability in representing my constituency and will support a bottoms-up approach to policy making, thereby bringing the legislature closer to the people.

 4.      Several states are moving to permanent, portable voter registration, meaning that the individual’s registration would automatically transfer if they move within the state. Would you support permanent, portable voter registration in Georgia? Why or Why Not?

 From a resource utilization and operational point of view, this is a pragmatic and cost effective approach. I support the portable and automatic voter registration transfer method. However, we must also be prepared to address technological glitches and ensure that transfer of data takes place in a transparent manner and that there are back-up systems in place during times of breakdowns and emergencies, so that we can also track down voter verified data trail. Every citizen in the State of Georgia should be able to vote and I am all for this. 

 5.      Georgia allows hundreds of millions of dollars each year on tax incentives for businesses to locate, hire, expand and invest in our state. What role should the legislature play in keeping these businesses accountable to ensure these tax breaks produce their intended results?

 We must use creative and innovative financing to support businesses. However, incentives must emphasis corporate accountability, effective utilization of human capital and a transparent policy. A right mix and framework of tax incentives are important to stimulate our local economy, improve productivity and create jobs. These incentives must match with the operating environment and adapt to the needs of local area. We want to create a sustainable business environment and a situation where markets are able to absorb workforce produced by our educational institutions and they stay.

We must avoid situations where a handful of legislators provide tax incentives for five years, influence relocation and location of major businesses within their districts. The legislature must demand corporate accountability with a fair, sound and transparent policy.  Policy review of purchase of good and services, and due diligence of contractors are also important. Tax incentives can be linked with human capital.  Out of State hires bring in additional revenue to the State, however, optimizing the workforce by combining external and local hires will work better for our people.

The other side of the debate is also the types of incentives we provide to small businesses. We must balance our incentive structure to support our small business community, too. 

 6.      Do you support or oppose the continued use of Common Core Standards in Georgia? Why or why not?

 I support common standards but not necessarily Common Core. If Common Core can be judged to produce a conducive environment for students to thrive and achieve, and if having a common standard can indeed deliver the result of excellence in learning, then it might be the tool we can use in Georgia to raise the bar with success.

We have been fortunate with the Gwinnett County Public School system which has been vetted nationally as one of the best for urban education and is once again a finalist for Broad Prize. Gwinnett’s model deserves a closer scrutiny. We must prepare our students to effectively compete in a 21st century market.  Our economic boundaries lies beyond the State of Georgia and preparing a workforce that can compete effectively beyond these boundaries will, in the long run, support our labor market, boost productivity and prepare a student to support a post-modern economy. I am a believer of benchmarks and goals, having a common standard as a tool to measure excellence allows both the teacher and the student to work towards a goal and measure their performance against benchmarks. The efforts and standards increases responsibility, ownership and accountability.


Q and A from League of Women Voters/Atlanta Journal Constitution's Primary Election Voter Guide, Reprinted from April 28th.

 

Meet and Greet for Amreeta Regmi in Berkeley Lake

posted Aug 5, 2014, 8:02 AM by Amreeta Regmi   [ updated Aug 5, 2014, 2:01 PM by Ashim Acharya ]

Friends and Neighbors Join Hands

May 26, 2014

Both Republican and Democratic friends and neighbors of Amreeta Regmi are hosting a bipartisan Meet & Greet event for her, "Women for Amreeta," on Thursday, May 29th, at MacKenzie's Restaurant and Tap Room located on the Upper Level of The Shops@ Berkeley Lake, 4790 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake, Ga, 30071, from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm. All are welcome.

Dr. Amreeta Regmi is running for Georgia State House Representative in District 95 and will oppose incumbent Tom Rice on the ballot in November. 

 

On Mother's Day Remembering My Mother

posted Aug 5, 2014, 7:58 AM by Amreeta Regmi   [ updated Aug 5, 2014, 2:02 PM by Ashim Acharya ]

Remembering My Mother

May 10, 2014

Mother’s Day is a time to remember the most important woman in our lives. What would you like to share with us to celebrate your Mother?

Let me begin by sharing mine.

Today, as I celebrate Mother’s Day, I also celebrate and honor my mother Ambika Regmi, and the contributions she has made to develop me into the person I am today. I learned from her many, many things, but above all, I learned to be an understanding, compassionate, and a responsible Mother. Above all, I learned to be a woman.

I will share some of my childhood memories and stories that were passed down to me by her.

I recall as a child when I complained that I did not like the taste of okra during dinner, she used to tell me a story. There was a poor woman – so poor that she could not feed her children. Every evening she used to boil rocks in a pot of water. While the children all sat around the fire place asking for food, the woman would say, “rocks are still hard, you can’t eat them, you got to wait until they become soft.”  Children would continue waiting in anticipation and the rocks would never get soft. A sad story to share with a child, but my mother was a master negotiator in this sense. Every dish became delicious from then on, and we dared not complain again, because we knew she would repeat the morbid story. I love okra now and have learned to appreciate my good fortunes.  

She used to tell me that my great aunt Durga Regmi Mishra used to tell her that every woman’s life is an unwritten story. As I got older and continue to meet outstanding, strong and amazing women in different walks of life, I often think of what she told me a long time back. Indeed, each woman’s life is a novel to be written and cherished. From my mother, I learned to understand women and the camaraderie that binds us together.

My mother has this uncanny power to absorb pain and suffering. As I lay in bed almost dying of typhoid in early teens, I recall her sitting by my bedside spoon feeding me warm beverages and despairing. I heard her say “Oh God, please transfer the illness of my child, so I can take her pain and suffering. I don’t want to see my daughter go through this agony”. I did not understand her at the time. When I became a mother, I felt the same way when my sons were ill. I wished and prayed that it would have been me who was ill and not my children. My mother radiated selflessness. From her I learned to be a mother.

My mother’s responsibility towards her children and her devotion never ended. Every birthday of mine she calls in the family priest to her home to offer blessings. She gives alms to the poor and feeds the hungry in temples. She repeats this ritual of offering tangible items, feeding the poor and giving out alms every year on my birthday, my siblings’ birthdays and the birthdays of all her grandchildren. My mother continues to be the most devoted woman I know. From her, I have learned to celebrate life.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

Best wishes,

Amreeta

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campaign Update

posted Aug 5, 2014, 7:49 AM by Amreeta Regmi   [ updated Aug 7, 2014, 11:33 PM by Ashim Acharya ]

Campaign Update

April 14, 2014


I want to say thank you to all those who helped me reach my fundraising goal.  I was truly humbled by your support.  Contributions came in from all across District 95 from small business owners to retired grandmothers, my family and my friends. Running against someone who has been in office for 17 years is tough, but every contribution brings our campaign that much closer to victory.   

Register to Vote
The May 20th primary is only 5 weeks away and the deadline to register to vote is fast approaching.  We have a 
NEW online registration system here in Georgia that makes it simple to register from the comfort of your own home.   https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov

You can also change your address and make other updates to your registration in this system.  The deadline to register to vote in the Primary is April 21st.   Don’t wait, do it today.

Early Voting
Early Voting starts in two weeks, April 28th.  While I do not have an opponent in the Primary, it is important to make your voice heard.  We have a lot of important decisions to make in the US Senate, Gubernatorial, and other races.  Decisions are made by those who show up.   
Check out the early voting locations here. http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections

 

Join the Campaign
There are many ways you can help our campaign.  Sign up to 
host a house party or meet-n-greet, make phone calls, knock on doors, like our page on Facebook, or make a campaign contribution.   We can’t do this without you.
Again, thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Amreeta

 

 

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