Chintan Desai to File for Candidacy in Arkansas's First Congressional District - Desai for Congress

Chintan Desai to File for Candidacy in Arkansas's First Congressional District

Chintan Desai to File for Democratic Candidacy in First Congressional District

Helena, AR (February 28, 2018) – Chintan Desai, a first-generation citizen of immigrant parents will file for candidacy as a Democrat for Arkansas’s First Congressional District on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 9am. The campaign will aim to bring Democrats, Independent, and unaffiliated voters together to win back a seat that has been held by U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford since 2010.

Chintan will focus on expanding healthcare coverage, providing affordable post-secondary education options for students, and creating one-million housing vouchers to move low income families to middle class neighborhoods.

“Now more than ever Washington needs new faces and new energy to shake up Capitol Hill,” said Kevin Smith, a former Arkansas State Senator. “I have witnessed Chintan provide transformative leadership in our community and have no doubt he will do the same in Washington,” he continued.

Desai was born and raised in California and studied Political Science at the University of California, Davis. After graduating, he joined Teach For America and moved to Helena, Arkansas to teach fifth grade social studies at the successful KIPP Delta schools. He has since held administrative positions at both Teach For America Arkansas and KIPP Delta Public Schools. In 2015, he helped open the Hunt Education Center, a multi-purpose community center, in the heart of Helena’s historic downtown. Desai serves on several local boards, including the Delta Cultural Center Advisory Board, the Boys and Girls of Phillips County, and Teach For America Arkansas’ alumni of color organization.

Interested parties can learn more about Chintan Desai for Congress by visiting There, voters can learn more about Desai and the issues he is focusing on and donate to support the cause.