Nima Kulkarni: a strong informed voice for Kentucky
Nima Kulkarni moved to the United States when she was six. Her parents, Suhas and Surekha, left their life in India to seek improved opportunities for Nima and her brother Nikhil.
Kulkarni is running for the state’s 40th House District representing part of Jefferson County to do the same for those in her district.
“A lot of people have asked me why I’m running for public office. I believe the public office is a public service,” Kulkarni said. “I believe that every child deserves a good education. That’s why protecting public education is a top priority for me.
“When I was young, my parents owned a small corner grocery store. I used to deliver groceries to our neighbors for a quarter every Saturday. I learned firsthand the values of starting, building and growing a small business. I promise to bring all of my experience and all of my expertise to Frankfort so we have a strong informed voice that speaks for you.”
Nima’s family knew working hard was important to their new life as Americans and they owned and operated the 8 to 8 grocery store in Germantown where Nima and brother Nikhil worked delivering groceries.
Kulkarni is a champion of public education. She was educated in the Jefferson County Public School System, a graduate of Atherton High School with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Louisville. She earned a master’s of business administration and completed law school from the David A. Clarke School of Law.
Kulkarni owns the Indus Law Firm specializing in immigration, employment and business law.
She stands with working-class Kentuckians and their right to organize.
“I will stand against state right-to-work proposals as these entrap workers in unfair and exploitive employment. This would mean preventing employers from damaging the workers’ right to organize and form unions to protect fair wages and working conditions,” Kulkarni said.
Employers often use right to work laws to subvert the union. Kentucky unions have historically been an active and vital force for working people in the state.”
Kulkarni doesn’t shy away from her strong positions supporting public education.
“Training teachers does not mean teaching them to pack weapons. I will work in our state for safer classrooms and for gun control that means our students might have a chance to escape school gun violence,” Kulkarni said. “I will support better funding for teacher supplies, continued education and for adding much needed and skilled support services to our Kentucky classrooms. If we tend the garden, it will grow and our kids are that garden.”
Kulkarni lives her values in both her profession and her platform.
“Immigration is the lifeblood of our country. The majority of our population and labor growth is due to immigrants. We must recognize and harness the enormous economic and cultural benefit that immigrants have in Kentucky. District 40 includes both UofL and Churchill Downs, two major economic drivers for the entire state which also depend on immigrant students and workers for their success,” Kulkarni said.
“We must welcome and protect our immigrant neighbors to make Kentucky strong. I will use my decade of experience in immigration and employment law to ensure that we implement effective policies to attract international talent to Kentucky, work with immigrant and refugee communities to ensure that they have access to the resources that they need, and bring an informed and experienced voice in Frankfort so that our district and our state thrive economically and culturally.”
Nima serves on the board of Community Foundation of Louisville, Louisville Public Media, the Indian Professional Council of Kentucky, and the Beaded Treasures Project, which empowers refugee and underprivileged women in Louisville.
Kulkarni is a member of Greater Louisville Outstanding Women (GLOW), Rotary Club of Louisville, and serves as county ambassador for the Greater Louisville International Professionals (GLIP).
She volunteers for New Americans Initiative, dedicated to educating, engaging and building awareness of immigration and immigration-related issues in our community.